12 independents united in call for National Integrity Commission

12 independent candidates have jointly call for immediate action on the allegations of misuse of public funds relating to the 2017 purchase of water rights by the Federal Government from Eastern Australia Irrigation.

These so-called ‘Watergate’ allegations of misuse of public funds clearly demonstrate the need for the urgent adoption of a comprehensive National Integrity Commission with retrospective powers.

Canberra, 22nd April 2019

For Immediate Release

12 Independent candidates agree that ‘Watergate’ allegations demand immediate action and demonstrate need for tough National Integrity Commission

12 independent candidates today jointly call for immediate action on the allegations of misuse of public funds relating to the 2017 purchase of water rights by the Federal Government from Eastern Australia Irrigation.

These so-called ‘Watergate’ allegations of misuse of public funds clearly demonstrate the need for the urgent adoption of a comprehensive National Integrity Commission with retrospective powers.

One of the overriding issues that has caused us all to stand in this Federal election is the need for integrity and good governance; something we feel has been lacking in recent years

The new Parliament elected on 18 May must have at the top of its agenda the creation of a National Integrity Commission to restore public confidence that questionable transactions that may involve corruption or conflict of interests of members of Parliament should be investigated.  

However, this investigation into water buy-backs cannot wait until after the election. The Australian people deserve an immediate and detailed explanation about this transaction.

The signatories to this release call on the Prime Minister and all relevant Coalition politicians to face the media and explain, at length, their personal roles in the $80 million water buy-back from Eastern Australia Irrigation, a company domiciled in the Cayman Islands.

The signatories to this release also commit, if elected, to fight to have a comprehensive National Integrity Commission, with retrospective powers, introduced as quickly as possible.

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 Signatories

Adam Blakester, Independent for New England. Media contacts: Adam Blakester 0419 808 900  or Carlum Communications on 0412 897 306 

Father Rod Bower, Independent for the Senate in NSW. Media contact: Donna Cronin 0439 175 636

Huw Kingston, Independent for Hume. Media contact: Hannah Cooper 0498 469 315, media@huw4hume.com.au

Dr Andy Lewis, Independent for the Senate in Queensland. Media contact: Donna Cronin 0439 175 636

Jeremy Miller, Independent for Lyne. Media contact: 0409 514 272, jeremy@jeremyforlyne.com

Rob Oakeshott, Independent for Cowper. Media contact: Deb Spillane 0418 603 513 media@oakeshott.com.au

Anthony Pesec, Independent for the Senate in the ACT. Media contact: Jon Lawrence 0414 669 787 jon@anthonypesec.com.au

Dr Kerryn Phelps, Independent for Wentworth. Media contact: Darrin Barnett 0428 119 703

Zali Steggall, Independent for Warringah. Media contact: Jack Hislop 0415 966 430 media@zalisteggall.com.au

Alice Thompson, Independent for Mackellar. Media Contact: Mike Hall 0404 028 253

Paul Wittwer, Independent for the Senate in Victoria. Media contact: Donna Cronin 0439 175 636

Oliver Yates, Independent for Kooyong. Media contact: Adrian Dodd 0401 726 476 adodd@adriandodd.com