A strong national anti-corruption commission (NACC) key to exposing fossil fuel political influence to the light.
Asked if the Nacc should have powers to investigate stakeholders outside government even if they had no public sector contracts, Dutton said he supported a body that “roots out corruption wherever it exists”.
Asked specifically about unions, Dutton noted if they provided training services, they would already be captured by the bill.
Crossbenchers have criticised the possibility of a major party deal.
Pocock said: “The major parties teaming up to agree to a watered down integrity commission would be flipping the bird to the strongest message the electorate sent at the election. Australians want more integrity. That’s never been more clear.”
Independent MP Zoe Daniel said a deal would “compound cynicism in an already cynical electorate”.
Earlier on Thursday, Pocock agreed with Haines and the Greens by arguing the Nacc should be able to investigate third parties, such as political donors or those affected by government decision-making.
“We know that a lot of corruption starts with people potentially getting in touch with politicians, whether they’re business people, unions, developers,” Pocock told the ABC. “This body needs to be able to actually investigate them and bring them before the integrity commission.”