The Accountability Round Table

The Accountability Round Table is dedicated to improving standards of accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour and democratic practice in Commonwealth and State parliaments and governments across Australia.

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Premier Berejiklian; ‘I don’t need to know’, not good enough

Premier Berejiklian; ‘I don’t need to know’, not good enough

On ABC Radio National this morning ART Chair, Fiona McLeod SC, said: That statement - I don’t need to know - does suggest she [Gladys Berejiklian] is seeking to distance herself from information that might compromise her and the problem is that when politicians do...

Our AGM – 21 Oct

Our AGM – 21 Oct

The Accountability Round Table will hold its AGM on Wednesday 21 October - 5 pm for ART members and 5.30 pm for those who would like to join for the address by ART Chair, Fiona McLeod SC AO. She will give us her insights on: Accountability in a time of crisis. The...

The reforms we want from the Federal Government

An Integrity System for Australia

The reforms in brief:

A National Integrity System that is proactive, preventive, coordinated and cooperative  | A National Integrity Commission that is independent, has investigative powers, makes recommendations and findings of fact, can investigate the judiciary |  Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner 

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Political donations regime & election funding

The reforms in brief:

Caps of ~$1,000 on donations | Real time disclosure | Limits on election campaign expenditure incl. third party entities | Sanctions for electoral breaches | An independent body for public funding | Laws that require truth in political advertising

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Civil society engagement

The reforms in brief:

support civic participation in the OGP | value public participation in decisions and policy | recognise the benefits of public engagement, including that of women | make policy and decisions more transparent | allow NFPs freedom of expression, association and opinion | greater collaboration

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Data in politics & government

The reforms in brief:

Ban covert digital techniques of influence | remove electoral & privacy act exemptions | supervise government data collection | recognise that personal data cannot be de-identified | control profiling for political use | control government buying-in data | cover social media in advertising rules  | ban government data on-selling | citizen opt-in rights 

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Policy on the big issues – global warming

The reforms in brief:

An evidence-based, whole of government approach to the environment | a transparent mechanism to drive down emissions | government role in decarbonizing solutions | cooling off period for public officers going into the private sector

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Lobbyists

The reforms in brief:

In-house lobbyists incl. in Register | matters discussed disclosed | documents made public | funds, gifts & events declared | oversight of Code & Register by the National Integrity System | campaign donations & expenditure limits | more public engagement in decisions | Senate role in countering undue influence

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Integrity Lecture and Awards

Submissions

National Integrity Commission, OAIC, OGP

ART Integrity Awards for 45th Parliament

Accountability Round Table Integrity AwardsOn 15th October 2019, ART welcomed two outstanding recipients of its awards for conspicuous integrity in the 45th Parliament: – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tony Smith MP, received the John Button Award –...

Citations for Speaker, Tony Smith MP & Cathy McGowan, former Member for Indi

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tony Smith MP, is the recipient of the John Button Award for his exemplary conduct in the vital role of Speaker. The role of the Speaker in maintaining the dignity of the House is often overlooked. In his four years...

Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, Terry Moran

The next long wave of reform - where will the ideas come from?  ART's annual Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, was held in conjunction with the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the Melbourne Law School. In this 2019 Jim Carlton Lecture, Terry Moran...

Gillian Triggs – Jim Carlton Memorial Lecture – The Decline of Democracy in a Post Truth Era

Gillian Triggs - The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in a Post Truth Era: a Charter of Rights for Australia. We are now said to live in a 'post-truth' era, where opinion is likely to drive political outcomes more than evidence, that expertise is a subject for...

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19. ART Submission

This submission to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 was made by Accountability Round table on 27 May 2020. It addresses the absence of independent scrutiny of government actions during the period of the Covid19 crisis. In particular, the exclusion of...

ART Submissions to Open Government Partnership – National Action Plan

The Open Government Partnership Australia has sought submissions on Australia's second Open Government National Action Plan 2018-20. The next National Action Plan is is due by the end of August, 2018. Consultation with the public is being sought. There are five topics...

IBAC Submission by Accountability Round Table

Inquiry by the Independent Broad-based Anticorruption  Commission Committee of the Parliament of Victoria into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria. Submission by the Accountability Roundtable Received 14th September 2017...

Open Government Partnership – National Action Plan. ART Submission 4. Freedom of Information.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION Open Government Australia in its Draft National Action Plan includes Commitment 3.1 – Information management and access laws for the 21st century. At present the draft commitment reads; "We will ensure our information access laws are modern and...

Accountability in crisis – 2020 AGM Address by Chair, Fiona McLeod, AO SC

In the interests of transparency, I must begin with a disclosure. Before my engagement with the Open government partnership and ART (and for a time Transparency International Australia) I had very limited exposure - I thought – to issues of accountability, except that...

Realities of Open Government Workshop, 12 Feb 2020, 1.30-4.30pm

 Open Government Workshop, 12 Feb 2020, 1.30-4.30pm  Interested in government transparency, accountability and how to power public participation? You are invited to a workshop to hear about open government and to share your ideas. Keynote speakers are * Daniel Stewart...

Corruption: The abuse of entrusted power in Australia: Tim Smith (E-book)

In 2010 Accountability Round Table published a pamphlet on "Corruption" that remains as relevant today as it was when published. This pamphlet was authored by Tim Smith and published in partnership with The Australian Collaboration. The Hon. Tim Smith is a retired...

“What does the Coalition have to hide?” The Need For A National Integrity Commission – Stephen Charles.

A critique of the low levels of accountability in Australian government and the lack of a National Integrity Commission by ART member Stephen Charles has been published today in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (13/05/2019). Stephen has provided ART with the...