LAST FRIDAY the federal Attorney-General appointed an integrity commissioner, Philip Moss, whose job it will be to monitor the investigation of corruption in federal law enforcement agencies. His term will begin in late July for five years.
“I welcome the appointment of [Moss], who will oversee the investigation of corruption in law enforcement agencies,” Ruddock said. “[Moss] has significant experience in the law enforcement environment and a strong background in public sector administration.”
Ruddock also commended the performance in the role of commonwealth ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, who has been acting commissioner since 30 December 2006.
The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), established at the end of 2006 under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006, will provide support to the integrity commissioner. An independent body, ACLEI has been given royal commission and telecommunications interception powers. Its aim is to investigate corruption in federal agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.