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Barnaby Joyce says we don’t need a national anti-corruption watchdog

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce responds to Bill Shorten’s calls for an independent national watchdog.

Mr Shorten has called for a federal Independent Commission Against Corruption, claiming it will weed out corruption in government agencies.

Mr Joyce tells Chris Smith there’s already a range of measures keeping politicians accountable.

“We have a whole range of people who are always pursuing us and rightly so.

“Why it concerns me is this. When you make a decision that your department doesn’t agree with, such as maybe investing in a country road, you end up before ICAC and if that’s the case you just take away the capacity for a government to govern.

“You’ll be terrified to make a decision that’s different to your department.”

He says those who are corrupt will eventually get caught.

“If you’re corrupt you’re going to get busted, you’re going to get caught and you’re going to go to jail.

“We found out [about] Sam Dastyari without ICAC.”

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