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incomplete google search blamed for vetting fail on corruption watchdog

Incomplete Google search blamed for vetting ‘fail’ on corruption watchdog

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus’ department used limited Google searches to help vet potential candidates for jobs on Australia’s new anti-corruption watchdog, it has been revealed, as the Coalition accused the government of attempting to “stack” the non-political body. Senators on Tuesday grilled officials in Dreyfus’ department over his nomination of NSW Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rothman to be deputy commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). This masthead revealed on Monday that Rothman’s candidacy was withdrawn after the vetting committee sought more information about his background. Rothman was a Labor candidate for the federal seat of Wentworth in 1984, contested Labor preselection for the seat of Dobell in 2003 and has worked closely with unions. There is no suggestion the judge would not have been independent of any influence.

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