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Statement regarding the Commissioner, the Hon Megan Latham

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Today the Commissioner, the Hon Megan Latham, notified the Governor of her resignation, effective 30 November 2016.

In the light of the passage of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Act 2016, it is not in the best interests of the Commission that the Commissioner continues to exercise the functions of the Commission, particularly when decisions in relation to those functions are liable to be revisited by a re-constituted Commission at a later time. In those circumstances, it is appropriate that the Commissioner returns to the Supreme Court and that strategic decisions await the appointment of the new Commissioners.

The Commissioner has put the appropriate delegations in place so that the Commission can continue to function, on the basis that the present Assistant Commissioner, the Hon Reginald Blanch AM QC, continues in office. However, this is a matter for the Government.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked at the Commission. I am particularly privileged to have observed first-hand the skill and dedication of the Commission’s staff who deserve great credit for the exposure of corruption in this State” the Commissioner said.

As the Commissioner will be returning to the Supreme Court, she will not be making any further comment.

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