Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC)

Actioning needed for plan against corruption

The Minister for Justice and Attorney General says there is already a National Action Plan against corruption in place, which now needs actioning.

The protection of whistle-blowers and the establishment of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) are two important aspects that need to be addressed.

The Deputy Prime Minister says the simple reality is that all corrupt conduct involves more than one person so if people are not afraid to be whistle-blowers then it will be a quicker and cheaper way to deal with corruption. 

Justice sector unites against corruption

This was revealed by the Secretary for the Department of Justice and Attorney General during the TIPNG Annual Walk Against Corruption on Sunday.

Transparency International PNG holds annual Walk Against Corruption to raise funds for programs to address acts of corruption in the country.

The walk on June 9th raised K165,000 for the TIPNG operations, but TIPNG alone cannot eradicate the problem. It needs the whole community to fight this disease called corruption.

ICAC promise yet to be fulfilled

Transparency International PNG says to date, the ICAC bill has not been passed. It is still overdue for tabling in Parliament.

“The ICAC is intended to be an independent constitutional body that will have powers to investigate, arrest and prosecute cases of corruption in both the public and private sector, working alongside existing law enforcement agencies,” said TIPNG Policy and Advocacy Manager, Yuambari Haihuie.

ICAC organic law tabled in Parliament

 The committee will consider it and then report to the Parliament before there is any opportunity for debate on the proposed law.

The Organic Law will contain the full details of how the ICAC will operate.

 ICAC will be headed by a commissioner and two deputy commissioners who shall be appointed through an appointments committee.

 The composition of the appointments committee will be provided for in the new Organic Law.