The Greens will push for a federal anti-corruption commission to be set up to clean up politics right around Australia.
The Australian Greens want politics cleaned up by a national anti-corruption body after “on-going revelations” about corruption in NSW.
The party will next week push for a vote on the National Integrity Commission Bill, now before the Senate, which would create a federal level independent anti-corruption commission, similar to those operated by states.
Greens leader Christine Milne said the “revolving door” between business and political parties should be examined.
“We need to clean up politics right around the country and it should start here in Canberra,” she told reporters on Tuesday.
The Greens will need the support of a major party to push through the legislation.
Senator Larissa Waters said a proposal by MP Clive Palmer’s mining company Waratah Coal to tender for an Abbot Point coal terminal extension proves the bill’s importance.
Mr Palmer would need approval from the government, which needs his vote in the Senate to pass legislation, Ms Waters said.
“It’s about time we had these conflicts of interest properly dealt with,” she said.
But at a media conference Mr Palmer, who is a shareholder in Waratah Coal, played down a suggestion he had a better chance of succeeding with the Abbot Point proposal now he had left Queensland’s Liberal National Party.
“It’s not a consideration for me, politically,” he told reporters in Brisbane.
“I’ve retired from active business and I don’t worry about those things.”