Independent candidate Sue Hickey says she will demand legislation be immediately developed to strengthen the Integrity Commission or create a new body should she hold the balance of power in the new Parliament.
Ms Hickey said the Integrity Commission did not have the funding to operate as it should and legislation had been brought in which threatened the commission's independence.
She said cases referred to the commission resulted in no or minimal consequences when corruption was unearthed.
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"Between 2012 and 2016, there were no corrupt conduct findings and no cases referred to the DPP, despite a number of allegations made to the commission," Ms Hickey said.
"The absence of an anti-corruption body with real teeth allow the government of the day to flout the system day in and day out."
Premier Peter Gutwein said the government would consider any requests for reform from the Integrity Commission.
"I think the Integrity Commission operates quite independently of government," he said.
"I don't believe that they view their powers as being fettered at all."
Labor leader Rebecca White said the state's Integrity Commission had broad-ranging powers already.
"We have an appropriate mechanism here in Tasmania to deal with complaints as they deal with corruption or any other concerns the community has about the operations of public officials," she said.
The Integrity Commission's last annual report showed complaints to the commission rose by 25 to 165 last financial year.
The commission dismissed 122 of these complaints.
The median duration of investigations concluded in 2019-20 was 205 working days.
The Australia Institute in 2018 released a review on the state's Integrity Commission.
It said the commission had never held a full inquiry or public hearing to cross-examine witnesses or used its full powers.
The commission dismissed the report as ill-informed.
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