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.
This submission is the third in a series of ART submissions to the Victorian Government on Victorian Government Integrity System Reform (see category at right). The first was Do we have a corruption problem in Victoria? The second was Reforming Victorian IBAC. This third submission addresses several problems with the current powers of the Victorian Auditor General; specifically, effective ‘follow the dollar’ powers unfettered by Executive Government or the Parliament; power to undertake collabo
ART has recently made a previous submission to the Victorian Government Do we have a corruption problem in Victoria? The submission below is our second on the subject of Victorian Government Integrity System Reform (see category at right). Our letter to Gavin Jennings calls for; The threshold for investigation by IBAC and the definition of “relevant offences to be opened up. Whistle-blower protection. Mandatory reporting to IBAC Clarifying the powers of IBAC to delegate its functions Allowing IB
Charles Sampford, ART member, writes for the Financial Review, 27/08/2015 on the necessity for an entire integrity system. http://www.afr.com/business/legal/permanent-integrity-review-needed-for-icac-20150826-gj8qn7 Permanent integrity review needed for ICAC by Professor Charles Sampford Independent commissions against corruption under various names and acronyms are frequently subject to ad hoc reviews which vary in breadth, quality and politicisation. Former High Court judges Ian Callinan and
More on the ongoing saga of the government’s failure to maintain the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. This article by Jane Lee was published in the Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-government-has-not-appointed-foi-commissioner-20150825-gj7ks2.html Abbott government has not appointed FOI commissioner Date: August 26, 2015 – 8:24AM Jane Lee Attorney-General George Brandis refuses to say whether he will appoint a new
ART has made a submission to the Queensland Review of the Crime and Corruption Commission. This submission can be found on the Queensland Parliamentary website, and is also reproduced below. We are critical of the legislative changes that followed the Callinan/Aroney review. Our criticisms include that most allegations of corrupt conduct will not be investigated by the CCC , that the bar for complaints has been raised, that it is now required that all research by the CCC must be approved by the
The article below appeared in The Conversation on 5th August 2015. It was written by ART member, Ken Coghill, and is a contribution to the consideration of Parliamentary ethics and codes of conduct. New Speaker must lead the way in restoring parliamentary ethics and trust Ken Coghill, Monash University The race to become the new Speaker of the House of Representatives following Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation is hotting up. But what can the new Speaker do to restore the Australian public’s