More than 100 people showed up to a town hall meeting on Friday to campaign for a federal integrity commission, but in these coronavirus time, the "town hall" was Zoom.
The event was hosted by Indi MP Helen Haines, who has been pushing the federal government to establish the commission, nearly two years after it promised to would put forward legislation to the Parliament.
She set up the online event weeks ago, but the issue has grown in intensity since NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's relationship with disgraced former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire was sensationally revealed in NSW's Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings.
Dr Haines said it was important to have "one that reinstates trust in our federal Parliament".
"A federal integrity commission should really not be about politics, it's really about democracy," she said.
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Retired Supreme Court justice Margaret White joined Dr Haines at the meeting, saying it was "profoundly disappointing" that excuses made by government MPs showed the integrity commission was not a high priority for them.
She said the issue of public hearings seemed to be a sticking point for MPs, but not having them would be "a very bad idea".
"(States and territories) have had a great result in public hearings, in letting other people come forward who know things," she said.
"No public hearings - no one will ever know if there was corruption."
Justice White preferred the term "integrity" rather than "anti-corruption" commission.
"We all would like to raise the standard of parliamentary conduct. Our young people are so turned off by what they see in the Parliament."
Dr Haines will introduce her Australia Federal Integrity Commission bill to the Parliament on October 26 and wanted MPs to get up and debate the issues.
She said she only needed two government MPs to cross the floor, not necessarily to vote for the bill, but to allow it to be debated "and let democracy take its course".