Updated 19 November with the Government’s accountability policies as forwarded to us and additional policies forwarded by the ALP. ART has sought the pre-election polices of the major parties on matters of accountability prior to the Victorian elections on November 29th. As we noted in a previous post on September 23rd, there are three serious deficiencies in Victoria’s democratic governance arrangements; First, the State does not have an effective anti-corruption body. The IBAC legislation sh
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.
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
Accountability Round Table, in association with Melbourne University Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, presents our Annual Integrity Lecture. This year, Michelle Grattan AO (Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra & Chief Political Correspondent, The Conversation), speaks on “Integrity in Politics: A Media Perspective”. “Michelle is uniquely qualified to comment on integrity in politics. Of unquestioned integrity in her own profession, she has observed mor
Following on from the revelations of the NSW ICAC, there have been a number of calls for a “federal ICAC” or federal anti -corruption commission. This year, there were a number of initiatives to try to establish such a commission. The earliest appeal for a federal anti-corruption commission in 2014 appears to be an editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald on April 17th. This editorial reviewed the actions of the NSW ICAC to that point and remarked on the establishment of anti-corruptio
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international organisation dedicated to making governments worldwide more open, effective and accountable by promoting transparency and integrity and fighting corruption through increased civic participation, developing good regulation and codes of conduct and through use of new technologies to facilitate transparency. It also sees this action as vital to domestic and international economic growth. Its own governance is composed of government and civil
Colleen Lewis calls for transparency on donations and a proper political donations regime in Victoria in her article in The Age. Political donations: Victoria’s big secret. She writes, “What Victorians need to know, from any party fielding candidates in the forthcoming election, is exactly who is donating to them, how much they have given and over what period of time and what, if any, are the donors’ affiliations with corporations/businesses and so on. This information is not
This briefing paper was produced on 14th of October 2014 to assist parliamentary debate on the IBAC amendments otherwise known as ‘The Integrity Legislation Amendment Bill 2014′. The researcher, Parliamentary Librarian Catriona Ross writes, “This Research Brief provides background information on the establishment of the IBAC and Victoria’s current integrity framework, stakeholder responses to the IBAC legislation, and an overview of the special report published b