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Lobbyland is an online column dedicated to unravelling the political and corporate spin coming out of Australian politics.
To start us off, it has been 1187 days since Scott Morrison formally committed to a “Commonwealth Integrity Commission” on the eve of the 2019 federal election. “A new Commonwealth Integrity Commission will take the lead on detecting and stamping out any corrupt and criminal behaviour by Commonwealth employees,” he assured the nation.
Morrison has since changed his mind. Following his attack on the NSW ICAC’s investigation of Gladys Berejiklian, Morrison ruled out legislating a Federal Integrity Commission before the 2022 election. A promise kept.
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Callum Foote is a journalist and Revolving Doors editor for Michael West Media. He has studied the impact of undue corporate influence over Australian policy decisions and the impact this has on popular interests.