Accountability Round Table Executive Membership

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...

Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, 25 March

The next long wave of reform - where will the ideas come from?  This year's annual Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, is being held in conjunction with the University of Melbourne's Law School, on Monday March 25, 2019, 6pm to 7pm, G08 Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School,...

Invitation to sign up to ART eNews

ART will shortly publish its first eNews. Right now accountability in politics is a hotly contested space and ART is working on many fronts to stop further decline in public trust in those who hold public office and to bring about reforms to improve standards of...

ART’s Victorian election survey

In the lead-up to the Victorian election, the Accountability Roundtable asked all candidates to respond to a range of questions concerning their support of integrity and accountability measures. Neither the Labor nor Liberal parties have responded.  In fact, of the...

As politicians resist a Federal ICAC, Australia becomes more corrupt

This article BY ART member David Harper, appealing for a "Federal ICAC", appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald 14 November 2018.  https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/as-politicians-resist-a-federal-icac-australia-becomes-more-corrupt-20181112-p50fib.html As...

The case for a National Integrity Commission

The Accountability Round Table through Fiona McLeod SC and Professor Colleen Lewis, has written to the Prime Minister on 1st October, putting the case for a National Integrity Commission. That letter, and its underwhelming departmental reply are reproduced below. 1...

Freedom of Information – Our Submission to Senate Committee

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the Freedom of Information Legislation Amendment (Improving Access and Transparency) Bill 2018 was set up following the introduction of this Bill by Senator Rex Patrick on 22nd August 2018. The Bill...

Political parties and voter data – what checks and balances?

Ever wondered what political parties do with the data they collect on you? Its amazingly unclear, especially since the Privacy Act does not apply. Equally obscure is how they pay for the software and analysis and what links the software has with other data collection...

‘Guardian’ Transparency Project

The Guardian Australia newspaper has been running a project "The Transparency Project", featuring a group of articles on their Government Accountability investigations over the week 17th to 21st September. They have aggregated them together on one page along with some...

Agencies spend big to block FOI requests

 ART's Tim Smith has tirelessly pursued  the parlous state of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, where funding has not been reinstated and one Commissioner has been doing the work of three. Tim's letters containing the arguments for refunding and...

Sick Victorian politics – Colleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis, member of Accountability Round Table has been tireless in pursuit of  self serving government actions that breach principles of good governance - especially breaches of the principle that public office is a public trust. In this article below she takes...

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