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ICAC Bill to be Tabled in Parliament following Gazettal

ICAC Bill to be Tabled in Parliament following Gazettal – Time for the Opposition to act Mature and Rational

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill CMG MP, has expressed concern at the misleading tactics being used by the Leader of the Opposition in relation to the tabling of legislation to establish the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The ICAC Legislation has been Gazetted by the Clerk of the Parliament and will now be tabled at the next sitting of the National Parliament.

"Attempts to politicise the process for tabling the ICAC legislation is the lowest political point scoring exercise by the Leader of the Opposition I have seen in thirteen years of politics," the Prime Minister said.

"The ICAC legislation is extremely complex and it must not be rushed as the Opposition is trying to do.

"The Government has been careful to ensure the ICAC has been properly drafted and will be clear and concise in its implementation.

"This process has taken time but we are nearing the completion.

"A Constitutional amendment to establish the ICAC was passed in 2014.

"The ICAC Bill has now been cleared by the Solicitor General and the First Legislative Counsel, and has since been Gazetted and will be introduced it in the next sitting."

The Prime Minister said the Opposition is earning a reputation for lies, spin and efforts to undermine national development just to score political points.

"The nation needs as sincere and constructive opposition who will engage in mature and rational debate for the betterment of the nation, not the self-interested opportunism we are seeing today.

"It is time for the Opposition to rise above self-interest and think of our country."

Government Media Release

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