- Corruption, Crime and Misconduct and Criminal Property Confiscation Amendment Bill 2017 introduced into State Parliament
The McGowan Labor Government will today introduce new legislation which will provide the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) with important powers in the fight against corruption and organised crime in Western Australia.
The Bill also restores the CCC's powers to investigate certain types of misconduct by Members of Parliament, closing a loophole created by the Liberal National Government in 2015.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"Before the election, WA Labor made a commitment to the people of WA that in terms of the methamphetamine trade we would attack the head of the snake.
"Today, the McGowan Government is honouring the promise we made the community to crackdown on the organised crime syndicates that are poisoning our families with this evil drug.
"This legislation unleashes the power of the Corruption and Crime Commission to investigate unexplained wealth that has been gathered by those in the drug trade and other criminal activities.
"It won't be charged criminals that are called before the CCC to explain their ill-gotten gains; it will be individuals who have put themselves beyond the reach of the police and those who have got their profits without getting their hands dirty.
"Serious and organised criminals are motivated by money and the illicit drug market is known to be their main source of profit.
"Individuals with assets and a lifestyle way beyond any obvious means of earning that lifestyle will be the target of these laws.
"This legislation sends a clear message to drug traffickers, financiers of large scale drug operations and bikie gangs that they are not untouchable and that the Corruption and Crime Commission stands ready to engage them.
"The second purpose of this Bill is to restore the power of the Corruption and Crime Commission to investigate certain types of misconduct by Members of Parliament.
"This will close a loophole created by the Liberal National Government which protects backbenchers from investigation."
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