Australia ICAC report finds NT Speaker breached public trust

05:50  22 june  2020
05:50  22 june  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner will release a report from the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) which found Speaker Kezia Purick committed a “serious breach of public trust”.

“In June last year the ICAC received a complaint from the Member for Blain and the Member for Araluen alleging misconduct and anti democratic activities by the speaker,” Mr Gunner said.

“This related to a possible attempt by the members to establish a new political party in the Northern Territory called the Northern Australia Party.

“Following their complaint the ICAC commenced an investigation.

“This is not a finding that an offence has been committed, that would be a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Mr Gunner emphasised he would make no comment on the findings of the report.

The report will be tabled in parliament on Tuesday.

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