Government-aligned crossbenchers have again helped shoot down a bid to allow Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander to hold public hearings into matters of maladministration – including a looming inquiry into the Oakden facility scandal – with former Liberal Martin Hamilton-Smith insisting the move would turn the inquiry into a “circus”.
Controversial independent Martin Hamilton-Smith says a vote for Nick Xenophon’s fledgling SA Best party is a vote for a Liberal Government, after the influential senator vowed to run candidates against MPs who voted down a bill to allow for public ICAC hearings into the Oakden scandal.
Jay Weatherill has slapped down his deputy John Rau, after the Attorney-General publicly contradicted the embattled Premier in parliament yesterday over his refusal to release cabinet documents to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption’s Oakden investigation.
Nine years ago Martin Hamilton-Smith proposed an Independent Commission Against Corruption - a move rejected by then Premier Mike Rann but later embraced by his successor Jay Weatherill. Here Hamilton-Smith argues that he always tempered the concept with a protection of privacy.