Etter steps up to PUP

Former Integrity Commission boss Barbara Etter has today been announced in Hobart as the state deputy leader for the Palmer United Party and candidate for Denison in the March 15 election.

She will join Kevin Morgan, who is contesting Braddon and was announced as the PUP leader last week.

Mrs Etter came to Tasmania in June 2010 to take on the role of chief executive officer of the integrity commission, and was the former assistant commissioner with Western Australia police.  

Controversy surrounded Mrs Etter when she left the integrity commission a year later and took legal action against the government for breach of contract, claiming conditions that it imposed made it impossible for her to perform her duties.

Mrs Etter said today she wants to set up an independent commission against corruption.

''This is a real change in direction for me as a career public servant and 30 years in policing I have never been a member of a political party,'' she said.

“I am also concerned by the state being scarred by divisive and polarising issues and the need for a more honest, open and accountable government. The Palmer United Party has promised to bring economic prosperity back to Tasmania after decades of neglect from Labor, the Greens and the Liberals,'' Mrs Etter said. 

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