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.
ART is very concerned that Freedom of Information (FOI) provisions at the Federal level are under threat and a dangerous precedent subverting the Senate’s constitutional position may be being set. We have previously made a submission to the Senate Committee investigating changes to the proposed Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014. Our submission is posted on our website. One of the major objectives of this Bill, which has been before the Senate since October 2014,
On 24 March 2015, the Baird Liberal government responded to ART’s request for pre-election commitments to transparency accountability and anti-corruption in government. The substance of this reply is posted below. Thank you for providing the Baird Government with the Accountability Round Table’s pre- election issues. The Baird Government has a proud record of restoring accountability to government in NSW. Some of the highlights include: - abolished Part 3A of the Planning Act; - intr
On 24 March 2015 Luke Foley responded to ART’s request for pre-election commitments to transparency accountability and anti-corruption in government. The substance of this reply is posted below. Thank you for writing on behalf of the Accountability Round Table in your letters dated 27 February and 17 March. 1. That there should be no diminution in the effectiveness of the ICAC in exposing corruption. Under a Labor Government there will be no diminution in the effectiveness of the Independe
On 23 March 2015, ART sought from the Greens clarification of its position in relation to the final issues raised in its original commitment request letter of 25 February 2015, namely those concerning the public trust principle. The following response was received from the Greens on 23 March 2015; “The Greens acknowledge that public office is held as a public trust, and that this principle underpins the accountability of all democratic governments. Please include the commitment that The Green
On 19 March 2015 we received a Green’s response to ART’s request for pre-election commitments to transparency accountability and anti-corruption in government. The substance of this reply is posted below. Thank you very much for contacting us about these important issues. The Greens NSW have been leading the effort for increased transparency, accountability and ethical standards in government. We strongly support the issues raised in your correspondence. We are strong supporters of
The New South Wales election on 28th of March is another opportunity to advance the transparency and accountability of government. The Accountability Round Table has sought from parties contesting the recent Victorian and Queensland elections, assurances concerning their commitments to accountability and transparency as well as anti-corruption measures. On the 27th of February we wrote to all parties contesting the NSW election to commit to similar principles. As always, our website (www.accoun