I mentioned back in October that Brendan Murphy QC was appointed as the newly-created public interest monitor.
One recent opinion article in The Age cast doubt on the likely effectiveness of IBAC. I confess I haven’t read the legislation in any detail, but the gist of that article is that IBAC will be nobbled because it isn’t specifically empowered to investigate misconduct in public office. But, on my very perfunctory reading, the new definition of corrupt conduct to be inserted into the IBAC legislation is so broad that it would probably catch conduct that would fall under the heading of misconduct in public office. No doubt that will be fertile ground for consideration at some stage…
On Wednesday, the government appointed two full-time deputy public interest monitors to assist the current PIM, Janine Gleeson and Joanne Smith. (I only know this because until Wednesday, I was sharing chambers with Janine, and now it’s all rather quiet and lonely there. Intriguingly, the media release isn’t available on the government’s media release website. Maybe that’s because this is all cloak-and-dagger stuff…)
Apparently the PIM is slated to start operation on 1 January 2013, so I guess that the other two new agencies are also intended to commence operating on the same day. I also guess that would mean the OPI would stop operating on the same day, but I haven’t seen anything about that one way or the other. Does anyone else know?