Australian PM under pressure to tackle corruption as country slips in global ranking

Until recently, Australia had a proud record as one of the world's most effective countries at addressing corruption. PHOTO: AFP
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SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is under pressure to create a strong national anti-corruption watchdog after backing a limited model that critics say is weak and will not stamp out waste and abuse of power.

Australia states and territory governments all have strong anti-corruption bodies that have resulted in investigations, resignations and prosecutions of legislators and leaders. Yet there has never been a body at a national level, partly because federal parliamentarians have not - until recently - faced the same degree of political pressure to create one.

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