The federal government has gained 60 percent support. Even the Victoria State Government rated a positive score of 45%. This is an amazing turnaround.
“It looked like a good year to regain confidence in politics,” said Simon Longstaff of the Ethics Center.
But now the swamp stirs again. The scandal will surface and the stench will come back. A motion of no confidence is filed against two state governments in the same week.
First, the government of Daniel Andrews of Victoria interferes with hotel quarantine. About 800 citizens will die. No one is responsible. Ministers and senior officials desperately stick to their position and resign only if the investigative commission is found to be unsurvivable. The investigation will continue.
Second, corruption has been exposed by the Beregicrian government in New South Wales. Liberal lawmakers take advantage of his position of public responsibility to win sly committees and kickbacks. His sin was not to run a private business, but to neglect to declare it.
The Anti-Corruption Independent Commission has revealed that Prime Minister Gladys Berejikrian had a secret and intimate relationship with a member of parliament in question. How much did the premier know about his deal, or did he try to hide it? Was she a pawn or a participant in his plan to exchange influence? The investigation will continue.
And the state scandal reminds us that Australia does not have a federal anti-corruption agency.
The Audit & Supervisory Board has revealed that the Morrison government’s “sports corruption” case has been distorted to support the government’s campaign – grants to at least six groups who did not actually apply to them. To the point where was paid. The government wants it all to disappear. There is no federal IACC to investigate the problem. Senate investigations are ongoing.
Today, the Australian Prime Minister and Prime Minister are at their limits. You can choose to build on the success of containing the pandemic. You will make Australia’s democracy better. If you do, you will qualify as a leader.
You will take a deep breath and demand resignation when the minister presides over serious incompetence or corruption. It is called the minister’s responsibility. Our Westminster system cannot survive without it.
Look at the unfolding New South Wales scandal and change the rules of parliamentarians. MPs are not allowed to run side businesses. Representing the people of your supporters is a great responsibility and you should work full-time on it without the temptation to make a private profit on your side.
Some professions, such as farmers and doctors entering Congress, require wise workarounds, which are possible.
Prime Minister Morrison, you will ask your Attorney General, Christian Porter, to resume negotiations between the Labor Party and Crossbencher to create a federal IACC. You were busy with a pandemic. fair enough. But this is the time to return to that important task.
If the prime minister and the prime minister do not catch this moment, Australians will conclude that the system stinks. If you try to avoid failures and scandals, you are classified as a weasel. The dire descent resumes.
“We are all humans,” said Scott Morrison, who defends Gladys Berejikrian. For real. But not all of us are powerful officials who command the vast and coercive forces of the nation. You are Now use your power to improve your system. Be a leader, not a weasel.
Peter Hartcher is a political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.
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