Outgoing New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance, who left the state parliament over a bias for federal politics, said agencies such as the New South Wales Independent Commission against corruption and that its powers should be “scrutinized”.
Gladys Berejiklian resigned as Premier of New South Wales on Friday after the ICAC announced it was investigating whether it had abused public trust or encouraged the occurrence of corrupt behavior in the during his secret relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire.
Speaking on Seven’s Sunrise Earlier this morning, Mr Constance said he felt “the worst thing” was that Ms Berejiklian was not aware of the exact allegations that would be brought to her before the public inquiry to be held on October 18.
“In terms of Glad, I think if it’s in terms of reporting relationships, I think the state, especially with this pandemic that’s going on, we’re seeing this outpouring of community, which is warranted.” , did he declare.
When asked if the functioning of the ICAC should be reassessed, Mr. Constance replied:
I think with an integrity agency like this that’s been around for many years and has incredible powers, I think there’s probably a need, from time to time, to look at it.
Personally, I am in favor of having an integrity agency like the Hong Kong model of having behind closed doors [private] hearings and prosecutorial powers, rules of evidence and from there.
Then, of course, if someone is found guilty through this proper process, they ultimately get charged.
The ICAC in New South Wales, basically, makes referrals to the Director of Public Prosecutions and then he decides whether it goes to court.
So this is something that from time to time, as with any agency, needs to be looked at as part of a reform process.
But at this point, Glad has audiences and invariably everyone will be watching them.
As to whether Dominic Perrottet is the right fit to lead the New South Wales Liberals, Mr Constance said the village hall would decide on Tuesday morning, but described him as a ‘guy who stands out’ and “super bright”.
Read more about Mr Constance’s candidacy for a federal seat here.