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 principle of “Public office, Public trust” has been discussed before on this website, notably by Tim Smith in 2012, and again in July 2014, and further, in October 2014, Tim discussed public trust in the context of urban planning. Thanks to David Lusty, Special Counsel, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, we can now share with you his most excellent synopsis of how the principle of public trust stands behind and informs the offence of misconduct in public office.
In an interview broadcast on the ABC 7.30 program on 28 Jan 2015, Tony Fitzgerald, former head of the Commission of Inquiry into corruption in Queensland politics which set new benchmarks for anti corruption measures in Australia, has strongly criticized the erosion of these standards, from the period of premiership of National Party leader Rob Borbidge onward. A video of Tony Fitzgerald’s interview, and a copy of the transcript can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s417
The Queensland Greens have replied to our request for commitments to accountability and integrity measures prior to the Queensland election. The original text of the letter from Andrew Bartlett, the convenor of the Queensland Greens can be found here. Their response covers both general principles of accountability and integrity, and our specific inquiries. The general principles they nominated were to commit to The Fitzgerald Governance Principles govern “for the peace, welfare and good go
The Liberal National Party have responded to our request for comment on matters of anti corruption prior to the Queensland state election. They have addressed three matters of accountability and integrity. The full response from the State Director of the LNP, Brad Henderson, can be read here. A summary is as follows. Crime and Corruption Commission The LNP correspondence refers to matters on which it has already legislated, namely that it has implemented recommendations arising from three indep
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 Commission Requirement for complaint by statutory declaration. A future Queensland Labor government will be removing the requirement for a complainant to t
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