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. More here.

EVENT VIDEO. Political Donations. A problem for our democracy?

EVENT VIDEO. Political Donations. A problem for our democracy?

On Wednesday - 23 March, 2022, ART's Charles Sampford and Ken Coghill addressed the Victorian Fabian Society on "Political Donations. A problem for our democracy?". Political donations are a problem because they are reported far past the time they are made, the actual...

Election Disinformation and How to Deal with it

Election Disinformation and How to Deal with it

Election Disinformation and How to Deal with it   An ART Position Paper. The Accountability Round Table (ART) is concerned, as we approach the 2022 Federal Election, that misinformation, disinformation and misleading or deceptive conduct by candidates and parties will...

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, Awards

Submissions

National Integrity Commission, OAIC, OGP

SPEECH. The Hon Barry Jones Jim Carlton Lecture. ‘Liberty, Fraternity and – what was the other word?’

JIM CARLTON INTEGRITY LECTURE 2022 Accountability Round Table (ART) -  Melbourne Law School (MLS) The Hon Barry Jones presented the Annual ART and Melbourne University Law School Jim Carlton Lecture at Melbourne Law School on Friday 29 April 2022 ‘Liberty, Fraternity...

The first task is to find the right answer…. Public service and the decline of capability

The Jim Carlton Annual Integrity Lecture was delivered by Glyn Davis AC, Distinguished Professor of Political Science on 7 May 2021 at the Melbourne Law School, Melbourne University - a collaboration between the Accountability Round Table (ART) and the Centre for...

ART Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture 7 May 6.30-8 pm – register now

"Taking minutes and wasting years: reviewing the Australian Public Service" Jim Carlton was closely involved in establishment of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, just one of his many contributions to high-level policy advice and skilled...

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 –...

Misuse of Publicly Funded Electorate Resources – ART’s submission to Operation Watts (Victoria)

On 28 January 2022, Accountability Round Table made a submission to Operation Watts, the coordinated investigation of Party misuse of public resources between IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman. Our submission was directed to the questions raised by IBAC and the...

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...

Book Launch! KEEPING THEM HONEST – Stephen Charles and Catherine Williams

KEEPING THEM HONEST: the case for a genuine national integrity commission and other vital democratic reforms, a new book by Stephen Charles and Catherine Williams was launched on Monday 4th April. See below for Stephen Charles opinion piece in The Age on 16 04 2022 on...

Open Government Partnership – warning to Australia!

The Open Government Partnership (OGP), is an international organisation which now includes 78 countries and 76 local governments. Its purpose is to encourage governments to be more open, responsive and accountable to their citizens and work towards improving...

The Case for a National Integrity Commission

This article by Stephen Charles first appeared in the Saturday Paper of February 5 — 11, 2022  |  No. 385 Thanks to Erik Jensen of the Saturday Paper for permission to republish. Stephen Charles is a retired judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal and a member of the...

The PM does not want to win the next election?

When reflecting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison's statements in Federal Parliament last week, one could be forgiven for thinking he does not want the Coalition to win the forthcoming election. Presuming that he doesn't, it's easy to conclude that he made a wise...