Franklyn: Judges should not be excluded

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn has questioned the exclusion of judges and the inclusion of public servants subject to regulation in the Integrity in Public Life Bill 2020.

The bill will establish a regime, including an Integrity Commission, to promote the integrity of people in public life and strengthen measures for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of acts of corruption.

But during debate in the Senate yesterday, Franklyn took exception to the judges and threatened to withhold his support for the proposed legislation, saying “if you are leaving out judges, leave out people who are junior to them like permanent secretaries…deputy permanent secretaries and heads of departments”.

Franklyn declared: “This bill is to regulate … politicians”. And he called for the section related to the category of public servants mentioned, to be removed.

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