Labor mayoral candidate for Liverpool Nathan Hagarty says he supports a “strong ICAC ‘’.
It follows backing from council at its last meeting to Cr Hagarty’s notice of motion supporting the corruption watchdog in the wake of the resignation of Premier Gladys Berijiklian earlier this month.
“The rhetoric from commentators and politicians following the former premier’s resignation was alarming,’’ says Cr Hagarty.
“Before the hearings had even begun, we had a long line of commentators and politicians attacking the Commission.
“I have zero tolerance for corruption, and I support a strong ICAC.
“Regardless of your political persuasion or position, if you’re found to be corrupt you should be thrown in prison.
“It’s important that bodies that come under the scope of ICAC such as councils back a strong independent corruption commission and show zero tolerance for corruption.
“Whether it’s pork-barrelling, dodgy deals or outright corruption, it all erodes public trust and confidence in government.
“The only way we fix that is by electing political leaders with integrity that put community above self interest and with a strong ICAC that oversees State MPs, public officials and local councillors,” he said.
Meanwhile another Liverpool mayoral candidate has confirmed that he has officially thrown his hat in the ring for the December 4 election.
Independent community campaigner for Liverpool Michael Andjelkovic, pictured at right, has told the South West Voice this morning that he has lodged his formal nomination as a candidate for mayor of Liverpool Council and also as lead candidate for a group in North Ward.
“I am also in the process of registering a group for South Ward where the lead candidate will be Dipesh Chiluwal,’’ Mr Andjelkovic said.
Nominations for the local government elections opened on Monday and close next Wednesday, November 3.
The ballot draw will take place the next day.