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 article was published in The Conversation https://theconversation.com/budgets-45m-slush-fund-for-mps-is-an-unethical-use-of-public-money-42116 Ken Coghill is Associate Professor at Monash University, and a member of ART Budget’s $45m slush fund for MPs is an unethical use of public money Ken Coghill 25 May 2015, 6.13am AEST The 2015-16 Commonwealth budget’s “Stronger Communities” slush fund for every lower house MP raises serious questions. The allocation of $150,000 a year to every MP’s e
Victoria needs better tools to fight corruption Date May 13, 2015 – 12:00 AM Stephen Charles (The Hon Stephen Charles QC, former Judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, is a member of ART) The Education Department is just one target known to require IBAC attention. Victorians might not realise our state has the worst and least effective government integrity system in Australia. Until recently, it had no anti-corruption commission; a freedom of information system subverted
This article is one of an occasional series of opinions by our members. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Saga. Will it end with the 2015 Budget? Author: Tim Smith (The Hon Tim Smith QC, former Supreme Court Judge and former Commissioner of the ALRC and VLRC. Tim Smith is the Chair of Accountability Round Table) Download PDF version here. Let me tell you about an ongoing saga that has been largely ignored. As you follow my account, please think of the current predicam
Independent Community Accountability Network Following the money – An auditor’s view! (How the Auditor-General’s responsibilities affect you) Des Pearson AO 11 May 2015 Thank you very much for your interest in attending this evening. I very much welcome your interest in this topic which is central to the level of ongoing trust in our democratic system of government. It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to raise for your consideration a range of matters impacting the effectiveness and
Below is the text of the speech given by Stephen Charles at a meeting of ICAN on Monday 11th May 2015, at Hawthorn Community Precinct. (See our previous post) “IS THE HIGH COURT HELPING TO FIGHT CORRUPTION?” Stephen Charles Speech given to the Independent Community Accountability Network (ICAN) meeting, Monday 11th May 2015, Hawthorn Community Precinct. (The Hon Stephen Charles QC, former Judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, is a member of ART) (Download PDF Version here) Vic
The Independent Community Accountability Network presents two significant speakers on issues of accountability and government. 7.30 pm on Monday 11th May 2015, Room 3, Hawthorn Community Precinct, 584 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn Melway p.45 D 11 There is no charge and the accommodation is limited. Please RSVP to email@example.com to reserve a seat. The Hon Stephen Charles QC, former Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria talks on “Is the High Court helping to fight corruption?” The High Co