Albanian says PM has ‘no concept of separation of powers’ after ICAC spray

Mr Albanese said Mr Morrison’s spray at ICAC was extraordinary. “The prime minister seems to have no idea about the separation of powers,” said Mr Albanian. ‚ÄúThis was the Prime Minister of Australia commenting on the nature of any judicial or semi-judicial proceeding through the ICAC in NSW while these processes are underway.

“It was a statement that the trials were not legitimate by the Prime Minister of Australia,” said Mr Albanese, noting that ICAC had been created in 1988 by a Liberal government and had rooted out serious corruption in the years since.

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Ms Berejiklian has always denied doing anything inappropriate during her time in politics. ICAC has not completed its investigation and has not made any findings against it.

Liberal backbencher Bridget Archer defied the government to back the debate on a federal ICAC on Thursday, but despite Labour, the Greens and cross-benchers from Bob Katter to Adam Bandt backing the move, it was unsuccessful as the coronavirus means too much MPs are absent from Canberra.

During a hearing on Friday, Senator Cash blamed Labor for not supporting the government’s federal anti-corruption commission.

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