We will lead an open and transparent Government
A Marshall Liberal Government will ensure we are open and transparent in everything we do, enacting legislation enabling the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) to hold public hearings when investigating matters relating to maladministration and misconduct.
As was demonstrated by the Oakden scandal, maladministration and misconduct can affect large groups of South Australians and it is important that the Commissioner has the power in such circumstances to make hearings open, transparent and accessible to the public.
Appointing a Commissioner to investigate corruption, maladministration and misconduct by government officials was a key Liberal policy to safeguard and enhance confidence in the integrity of public administration in South Australia.
While having an ICAC is vital for transparency, the current model does not allow investigations into maladministration and misconduct to be undertaken publicly.
The severe failings at the Oakden Aged Care Health facility brought to a head the need for transparent justice in South Australia when such serious matters are investigated.
South Australians need open and transparent government and that’s why we will legislate to ensure ICAC hearings can be undertaken publicly when it is in the public interest to do so.