The Accountability Round Table is a non-partisan group of citizens with diverse backgrounds (academics, lawyers, politicians, journalists, authors) who are concerned with the current erosion of honesty and integrity in our democracy. The Accountability Round Table is dedicated to improving standards of accountability, probity, transparency and democratic practice in all governments and parliaments in Australia.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP Prime Minister Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600 06/04/2016 Dear Prime Minister I Chair the Accountability Round Table . I refer to our previous correspondence of 10 October 2015 concerning the Open Government Partnership. May we thank you and your government for confirming on 17 November 2015 Australia’s commitment to the OGP, and for starting the process to establish Australia’s National Action plan in partnership with the people of Australia. In the l
The Open Government Partnership, an international effort to secure commitments from governments worldwide ” to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance” was signed up to by the Turnbull Government in November of last year. The question is, given its potential to clean up governments and to promote greater trust in the political process, why is it so little known or promoted? Tim Smith, David Harper and Stephen Char
Neil Tiffen argues in “The Age” that corruption “is not just an issue for government – it applies to businesses, political parties, sports associations, charitable organisations and unions. It affects us all.” What we need is a “Federal ICAC”, an anti-corruption commission operating at the federal level. http://www.theage.com.au/comment/australia-slides-down-world-anticorruption-rankings-20160404-gnxjjq.html Dodgy unions are not our worst corruption pro
Colleen Lewis makes a new contribution to the debate on the conflict of interest inherent in political donations, especially when those donations are made by big corporations and effectively hidden from scrutiny. “Political funding is a fundamental public interest matter.” https://theconversation.com/reforming-political-donations-is-essential-if-we-are-to-trust-our-politicians-57031 Reforming political donations is essential if we are to trust our politicians March 31, 2016 1.36pm AE
Whistleblower protection in the Public Service is covered by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act). The PID Act came into operation in January 2014 to encourage public officials to disclose suspected wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector. The Commonwealth Ombudsman has oversight of the scheme. They explain it as: “The PID Act offers public officials certain immunities from liability, and protections from reprisal, when they make a PID to the relevant Australian Governm
The Age quotes Accountability Round Table’s Ken Coghill on the offer by Ken Ong, the council’s chair of planning, to provide in the order of $200,000 to fund an election campaign in exchange for the Deputy Mayoral position. Ken Ong “buying political power” according to Ken Coghill. This article by Clay Lucas in The Age explains. Huge campaign donation offered to Robert Doyle for deputy lord mayor role Date: February 28, 2016 Clay Lucas City Editor, The Age Lord mayor Robe