Nomination have opened for The Accountability Round Table Integrity Awards, for the 44th Australian Parliament. The Accountability Round Table will once again honour Federal Parliamentarians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to integrity during the Parliament that has just been prorogued. ART is calling for nominations for its two awards – the John Button Award for a Minister or Shadow Minister and frontbenchers, and the Allan Missen Award for backbenchers of both Houses of Parliament
The Accountability Round Table is a non-partisan group of citizens with diverse backgrounds (academics, lawyers, politicians, journalists, authors) who are 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.
Peter Timmins’ most recent post to the Open Government Partnership civil society network page reveals that the Australian Government will commit to a series of reforms to accountability and transparency before the end of 2016. The OGP Civil Society page can be found here Peter Timmins’ excellent blog on Freedom of Information can be found here Peter Timmins post on the completion of the OGP commitments and some of the reforms the Federal Government might commit to is reproduced below
The Accountability Round Table has long been concerned about the reduced state of the Federal Freedom of Information Act and its implementation. The submission below, and its covering letter addresses part of our concern in drawing attention to the administration of the FOI Act by the Attorney-General’s Department and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) since May 2014. Both the covering letter and the submission are reproduced in full below with the permission of the Aus
On 24 February 2016, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on the establishment of a National Integrity Commission. This Select Committee was established to inquire into whether a national integrity commission should be established to address institutional, organisational, political and electoral, and individual corruption and misconduct. Thirty one submissions were received, including one from Accountability Round Table. The Select Committee was intended to report to the Senate o
Marian Sawer is Emeritus Professor and Public Policy Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU. She has contributed the following article to John Menadue’s “Pearls and Irritations” blog, giving a detailed analysis of Australia’s political donation laws and their failings. MARIAN SAWER. Democracy for sale? Posted on 07/09/2016 by John Menadue Since the 1980s Australia has become known for its laissez-faire or lackadaisical attitude to the role of money in
Colleen Lewis Adjunct Professor, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, and ART member has written for The Conversation on political donation reform. The article below is republished from The Conversation using Creative Commons Licence. When political self-interest decides donations rules, what chance reform in the public interest? Colleen Lewis, Monash University September 12, 2016 4.19pm AEST Amid debate over Labor senator Sam Dastyari accepting A$1,600 from a Chinese compa
Submission from the Accountability Round Table to the Interim Working Group Posted on September 5, 2016 by ogpteam This is a full reproduction of a submission received from the Accountability Round Table on 4 September 2016. On Saturday, the AGM of the Accountability Round Table Ltd took place. (for details re the ART – https://www.accountabilityrt.org/about/) . It will not surprise you to know that the topic of the Australian OGP Action Plan was an agenda item. Among other things, the selecti