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Shorten Calls for Federal Anti-Corruption Body After IBAC Claims Victorian MP

Former Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Bill Shorten has renewed calls for a federal level anti-corruption watchdog after Victorian Labor minister, Luke Donnellan, resigned on Oct. 11, just hours after he was named in a public inquiry into “branch stacking” in the state. Shorten said the evidence presented during the first day of hearings highlighted the need for a federal body. “This is why we need a federal anti-corruption commission … people hate seeing this sort of stuff, but frankly, I would rather it be seen and dealt with than covered up,” Shorten told Nine Network on Oct. 12. “This isn’t the way that our political party should be operating, and IBAC’s got a fair way to go,” he said. “For the vast majority of ALP members … they will be frustrated and feel betrayed because this is not what the vast majority of ALP members sign up for,” he …

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