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 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 Committee Requirement for complaint by statutory declaration. A future Queensland Labor government will be removing the requirement for a complainant to th
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
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