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.
After a change of Prime Minister and a good deal of pressure from ART and other accountability-promoting organisations, on 17th of November, the Turnbull Government has finally agreed to join the Open Government Partnership. The Open Government Partnership exists to make sure, in it’s own words, that “more governments become sustainably more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to their own citizens, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of governance, as wel
Here are audio files of the three speakers at the recent “Buying power” ICAN event on the many negative effects of political donations on political decision making. Mr Royce Millar is a Fairfax investigative journalist with a special interest in public policy and government decision-making. Royce spoke on recent history in the State of Victorian of the influence of developers over planning decisions, and in particular its effects on the Fisherman’s Bend project. ICAN 28th Octob
This is Cristina Neesham’s address in text form, on the role of culture in shaping responsibility and responsible behaviours of those engaged in lobbying and political donations. This was one of the talks given to ICAN, The Independent Community Accountability Network on the theme of “Buying Power”. Note the important point she makes below – that corporations should not be allowed to make donations “since they are not political citizens with voting rights”.
Below is the text of an address on the noxious effects of money and lobbying on Government decision-making given to ICAN, The Independent Community Accountability Network by Associate Professor The Hon. Dr Ken Coghill. This talk was given at an event held on Wednesday 28th October 2015 in the McPhee Room, Owen Dixon Chambers, 205 William Street Melbourne ICAN (Independent Community Accountability Network) is a community based organisation dedicated to promoting the accountability, integrity and
Malcolm Turnbull has promised to “restore accountability and improve transparency measures to be more accountable to you”. That commitment had been breached by the government, in particular by its bill to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, a matter still unresolved, and its failure to advance Australia’s application to join the Open Government Partnership. This article by Tim Smith, David Harper and Stephen Charles was published in The Canberra Time
George Brandis may not have answered our letter to him concerning the defunding of the OAIC with anything other than the justification of efficiency, arguing that abolition of the OAIC is “consistent with its policy to reduce the size of government and streamline the external review system to make it more efficient, less complicated and more effective“. However he has possibly been more forthcoming in a letter in response to one sent to him by the International Commission of Jurists,