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.
In an article for The Conversation, Johan Lidberg of Monash University writes of the test for Turnbull in promoting open government and a “Government 2.0” approach to freedom of information, in what to do about Abbott’s FOI hostile approach and the OAIC “kill bill”. Turnbull also faces a challenge in deciding whether to sign on to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP), which already has 66 countries as signatories. Closing down FOI: a case study in sn
John McMillan, the inaugural Australian information commissioner from 2010 until this year, has written for ‘The Australian’ on the need for a permanent Freedom of Information Commissioner. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/commitment-to-freedom-of-information-bolsters-our-democracy/story-e6frg6zo-1227549583050 JOHN MCMILLAN, THE AUSTRALIAN, 30 SEPTEMBER 2015 It is 16 months since the government announced its intention to revise arrangements for resolving disputes about access
This submission is the third in a series of ART submissions to the Victorian Government on Victorian Government Integrity System Reform (see category at right). The first was Do we have a corruption problem in Victoria? The second was Reforming Victorian IBAC. This third submission addresses several problems with the current powers of the Victorian Auditor General; specifically, effective ‘follow the dollar’ powers unfettered by Executive Government or the Parliament; power to undertake collabo
ART has recently made a previous submission to the Victorian Government Do we have a corruption problem in Victoria? The submission below is our second on the subject of Victorian Government Integrity System Reform (see category at right). Our letter to Gavin Jennings calls for; The threshold for investigation by IBAC and the definition of “relevant offences to be opened up. Whistle-blower protection. Mandatory reporting to IBAC Clarifying the powers of IBAC to delegate its functions Allowing IB
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