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.
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
Recently ART has written to the Special Minister of State, the Hon. Gavin Jennings, to explore the question, “Do we have a corruption problem in Victoria?” This question has not been explored for some time. Corruption is an ever present threat, especially where large amounts of money change hands and there is power to influence its spending through planning and contracting decisions. Therefore the problems of erosion of checks and balances must be a matter of constant vigilance. Our
The Attorney-General’s letter to ART of 21 May 2015 and the evidence given at the recent Senate Estimates Committee Hearing, confirm that the OAIC remains in deep trouble. The letter produced below sets out what ART sees as fundamental concerns – including that if the OAIC is allowed to cease functioning, “Why does it also not follow that the Executive Branch of our Government is repudiating its obligations to respect, carry out and maintain the laws of the Parliament, the Constit