Dozens of former Australian judges published an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday calling for a national anti-corruption body to restore public trust in the country’s democratic process.
The letter, written by 34 former judges including Sir Gerard Brennan, the former chief justice of the High Court of Australia, the country’s peak court, said there is public suspicion that corruption permeates many government actions.
“Secrecy is at the core of corrupt conduct,” they said in the letter, published in the Sunday Age newspaper.
“Existing federal integrity agencies lack the necessary jurisdiction, powers and know-how to investigate properly the impartiality and bona-fides of decisions made by, and conduct of, the federal government and public sector.”
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