On the last day of Victorian Parliamentary sittings for 2011 yesterday , the Baillieu government shared some of the dirty deets of its planned IBAC anti-corruption agency. Highlights:
■ IBAC will be able to operate secretly, should it choose to do so, and make secret reports to government about how to handle the issues raised. Very cosy, upsetting to journalists, but maybe not such a bad idea;
■ IBAC officials will be able to carry and use “semi-automatic weapons, capsicum spray, batons and body armour,” more kit than they’d probably need to take on DTF but would it be sufficient to humble the feisty Department of Justice? and
■ IBAC’s boss will be a government – not a bi-partisan – appointment, potentially offering preachy lawyers who desire a safe-seat in the future the opportunity to serve their community in a quiet and low-key way that is respectful to all and avoids dealing with planning matters as much as possible.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this IBAC thing is going to be a train-wreck. Who will be the first minister or ministerial staffer to be caught up in its vile processes?
They’ll all have Ted Baillieu to blame.