SA govt to move on open ICAC hearings

Laws to allow the state's corruption commission to conduct public hearings into maladministration have passed South Australia's lower house of parliament.

The key election commitment of the new Liberal government was to give the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Bruce Lander, the power to hold inquiries in public.

Since the establishment of his office several years ago, Mr Lander has conducted two significant inquiries into maladministration, one involving a government land deal and the other over the operation of the failed Oakden nursing home.