Anti-corruption boss warns IBAC needs powers to search for suspects and seize phones

“Legislative reform is always a slow process, unfortunately,” he said. “We have a more prescriptive regime than any other Integrity Commissioner, and that’s a good thing.

“It creates burdens for us from time to time, but I think it’s a good thing.”

Asked if Victorians could have confidence in the integrity of the results when the agency was underfunded, Redlich said the “monitoring capabilities” allowed the IBAC to remain effective.

“If the process followed within Victoria Police proves to be inadequate, we can identify it,” he said.

Earlier this month the Integrity Agency’s decision to interview Prime Minister Daniel Andrews in private as part of separate inquiries into stacking of branches within the Labor Party and corrupt land deals in south-east Melbourne has been criticized.

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The Victorian Opposition, former Labor Minister Adem Somyurek and other commentators have questioned the independence of the IBAC over its decision to interview Andrews in private hearings as part of Operations Watts and Sandon .

After repeatedly saying he was unable to refer directly to the case on Wednesday, Redlich defended the agency’s process, saying it could never call a witness in public unless be satisfied that the questioning would not have an unreasonable impact on the person’s reputation.

“I think there is a deep misunderstanding,” he said. “We are not like a royal commission.

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