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...

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...

Public office as/is a public trust – David Solomon

The following paper on concepts of Public Trust, by David Solomon, longstanding member of Accountability Round Table, was given at the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) conference held over July 19 and 20th, 2018. David is a former journalist, who after...

New Ministerial Code of Conduct

On Thursday 30th August, the new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, released a set of Ministerial standards. These may be found at https://www.pmc.gov.au/resource-centre/government/statement-ministerial-standards . We reproduce them here so you can refer to them, and so...

Michael Strong, ex OPI chief tipped for new role.

Former OPI director Michael Strong tipped for watchdog role By Cameron Houston & Ben Preiss From https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/former-opi-director-michael-strong-tipped-for-watchdog-role-20180805-p4zvn4.html 5 August 2018 — 5:00pmFormer Office of Police...

ASPG Conference 2018 Proceedings

The ASPG Conference held in Brisbane over July 19th to 20th featured many discussions of interest to ART Members. ART members also featured as speakers at several of the sessions. The Proceedings of the 2018 ASPG Conference have been transcribed by Queensland...

Fiona McLeod SC to head up ART

The Accountability Round Table is delighted to announce that eminent barrister Fiona McLeod SC has been appointed Chair of Accountability Round Table She replaces Tim Smith, a former Supreme Court judge and foundation President of ART, which he co-founded in 2006. “I...

Stephen Charles on IBAC in The Age.

Former judge Stephen Charles says a federal ICAC is more important than ever. By Nick O'Malley 11 June 2018 — 12:01am https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-judge-stephen-charles-says-a-federal-icac-is-more-important-than-ever-20180610-p4zkm0.html Evidence of...

David Harper in conversation with Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier

Uncovering the cover-ups We know from recent history of the Church’s secrecy and avoidance of open process. But the Church is not the only institution to need scrutiny, as shown by the current Royal Commission into Banking. Government also should not be immune from...

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