Adjourned debate on second reading
(Continued from 20 September 2016)
The Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 17:43 :26 ): I rise in support of this bill. I understand the changes in this bill were based on recommendations by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Mr Bruce Lander QC. Whilst I support the bill, I am disappointed that there are no amendments to allow the ICAC to conduct hearings in public, especially given Commissioner Lander's public comments on this matter. Commissioner Lander has previously made statements that, whilst he still supports corruption hearings being held privately, there are some cases of maladministration where it would be in the public interest to have the hearings open to the public.
I have investigated moving amendments to this bill to allow for public hearings; however, I have been advised that the amendments would not be simple and would not conform with the objects of the bill. I do not believe that this is something that should be rushed and so I have accepted that this is a matter which will need to be addressed at another time. I have instructed my office to continue to investigate this matter and I anticipate presenting a bill on this matter in the future.