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.
The Victorian Government revealed its plans to strengthen the powers of IBAC (The Independent Broad Based Anti Corruption Commission) in November of last year. Sadly it seems these reforms will be insufficient to prevent any investigated party from launching court proceedings to obstruct or delay IBAC’s investigations. Stephen Charles, Member of Accountability Round Table, has written a critique of the present plans, published in the Sunday Age (“Andrews poised for anti-corruption b
A number of people are very concerned at the undermining of judicial independence that is the effect of the new terrorism laws, including Spencer Zifcak. Spencer Zifcak is a member of ART, as well as Allan Myers Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Academy of Law, Australian Catholic University. He is also the immediate past president of Liberty Victoria. Spencer’s commentary is re-posted from John Menadue’s thoroughly engaging “Pearls and Irritations” blog.
The Accountability Round Table mourns the passing of The Honorable Jim Carlton, AO. Jim died suddenly on Christmas Eve, after spending the day with his family. Jim was a vigorous and engaged director of the Accountability Round Table, constant in fighting for integrity in parliament and public life. He proposed, and has been the organiser of, our Government Integrity Lectures. His deep knowledge of political life and his wise, practical advice and guidance will be sorely missed. So too will his
Feedback has been sought by the Government in the first stage of the preparation of Australia’s first Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. The Accountability Round Table’s submission to the Australian Government on the Open Government Partnership identifies various shortcomings and means of strengthening the Stage 1 consultative processes. In particular, the submission identifies the “Public Trust” principle as the central rationale and design principle for transpa
Reforming the Policy Processes of our Democracies  “Principles to guide policy reform – can Plato show the way?” Paper presented by Hon Tim Smith QC, at Melbourne University School of Government Conference , “ Democracy in transition”, 7 December 2015 The challenge of reform How should we go about reforming our Democracies’ policy processes? The way we should go about reforming all government process? It involves exploring the nature and purposes of Democracies and identifying the principles
Finally you have an opportunity for input into making the Australian Government more open and accountable now that the government has signed on to the international Open Government Partnership agreement. You can show your interest by participating in the rounds of Government public consultation and by joining the Australian Open Government Partnership Network To keep you informed and up to date, a summary of the key issues is below. On 17 November this year the Government confirmed its c