Brian Martin AO QC
Commissioner – NT Anti-Corruption Integrity & Misconduct Commission Inquiry
On 26 August 2015 the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly passed a resolution supporting the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Integrity and Misconduct Commission. The Assembly also resolved to appoint a person qualified to be a judge of the NT Supreme Court to inquire into and report to the Administrator on the establishment of an independent anti-corruption body in the NT.
Today the Administrator appointed me as Commissioner under the Inquiries Act to conduct the Inquiry and to report to his Honour. No time has been fixed within which I am to complete the Inquiry and report but, bearing in mind the Christmas-New Year break, I hope to report by the middle of the year.
Many people in the NT are clearly interested in this issue. I will be writing to numerous persons and organisations seeking their assistance. Submissions are also sought from any member of the community who wishes to convey their views.
Anti-corruption bodies exist in other Australian jurisdictions. There is an opportunity to consider the operation of these bodies and to learn from their experiences. Ultimately the task is to recommend a body with the structure, powers and budget that best meets the particular needs of the NT.
Submissions can be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to GPO Box 4396, Darwin NT, 0801, by 12 February 2016.