The Accountability Round Table is a non-partisan group of citizens with diverse backgrounds (academics, lawyers, politicians, journalists, authors) who are gravely 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.
In an interview broadcast on the ABC 7.30 program on 28 Jan 2015, Tony Fitzgerald, former head of the Commission of Inquiry into corruption in Queensland politics which set new benchmarks for anti corruption measures in Australia, has strongly criticized the erosion of these standards, from the period of premiership of National Party leader Rob Borbidge onward. A video of Tony Fitzgerald’s interview, and a copy of the transcript can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s417
The Queensland Greens have replied to our request for commitments to accountability and integrity measures prior to the Queensland election. The original text of the letter from Andrew Bartlett, the convenor of the Queensland Greens can be found here. Their response covers both general principles of accountability and integrity, and our specific inquiries. The general principles they nominated were to commit to The Fitzgerald Governance Principles govern “for the peace, welfare and good go
The Liberal National Party have responded to our request for comment on matters of anti corruption prior to the Queensland state election. They have addressed three matters of accountability and integrity. The full response from the State Director of the LNP, Brad Henderson, can be read here. A summary is as follows. Crime and Corruption Commission The LNP correspondence refers to matters on which it has already legislated, namely that it has implemented recommendations arising from three indep
The Queensland Labor Party has given a comprehensive response to our request for comment on matters of anti corruption prior to the Queensland state election. The full response letter from the Hon Tim Mulherin, Deputy Leader of the Opposition is linked here, but a summary of the key points is as follows; 1. Changes to the Crime and Misconduct Commission Requirement for complaint by statutory declaration. A future Queensland Labor government will be removing the requirement for a complainant to t
On January 13th, ART sent a letter to all major parties contesting the Queensland election, the Liberal National Party, the Australian Labor Party, Palmer United Party, the Greens, and Katter’s Australia Party. This letter requested the commitment of all parties to the anti corruption principles espoused by ART. As responses from the parties come in we will publish them to this website for comparison. The Letter Our letter to the parties reads in part as follows; “ART has adopted th
A timely editorial in The Age on Saturday 24th October, “Politicians must be seen to honour public trust” argued that “Tourism Minister Andrew Robb’s investments in restaurants and the promotion of one of them by a government agency is a reminder of the paramount importance of public trust.” The issue at stake was that, “The Tourism Minister’s integrity should not be in question here. But his judgment does appear flawed. This episode comes as a timely re