Thank you for sharing your concerns about the Government’s handling of conflicts of interest relating to the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC).
The NCCC wields significant influence at a time of national crisis. As a body within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, it should uphold the same high standards of integrity expected across the public service.
The Senate Select Committee on COVID-19, chaired by Labor Senator Katy Gallagher, will continue to examine these issues as part of its ongoing scrutiny of the Government's response to COVID-19.
In a public hearing a few weeks ago, the Committee questioned Prime Minister and Cabinet and the NCCC CEO about the salaries awarded to commissioners and the processes in place for managing conflicts of interest. You can find a transcript of these proceedings here.
There are obviously more questions the Government needs to answer about the NCCC, including why special advisors and other “appendages” to the Commission do not appear to be subject to any conflict of interest process.
The Committee will take these concerns into account for future hearings with the NCCC.