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Mark Dreyfus reveals federal integrity watchdog will have powers over people trying to sway politicians

The new federal integrity watchdog will be able to investigate anyone trying to sway a public official or get them to act dishonestly, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has revealed, meeting a key demand from the crossbench.

The government will release its plans for a National Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday after the Labor caucus signs off on it.

While the exact details have been kept under wraps, Mr Dreyfus says it sticks to the design principles Labor outlined more than three years ago, including having a broad remit to investigate politicians, their staff, public servants and contractors, holding public hearings, and operating independently of government.

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