ART is disappointed in the response from the ALP and Coalition to its survey on accountability measures. It seems very unlikely, whichever party (or parties) forms government, that the next Federal Government will be willing to take on the reforms necessary to deliver best practice in integrity and accountability. ART Acting Chair, Ken Coghill welcomed the commitments from the Greens and said ART will encourage the cross bench to pursue these measures in the new Parliament.

Labor TI response* Coalition response Greens’ response and backup docs.
National Integrity System
Corruption control commission modeled on NSW ICAC; No No Yes
Code of conduct for the House of Reps and the Senate No Yes
Parliamentary integrity commissioner No Yes
Cooling-off period for former minister accepting appointments related to former responsibilities Ministers undertake 18 month cooling off Yes
Full whistle-blower protection in the public and private sector for Commonwealth matters Yes Limited to tax Yes
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Adequate funding for OAIC to discharge strategic, policy, complaints & review functions of FOI plus Privacy. No Yes
Appoint FOI, Privacy & Information Policy positions No Yes
Independent inquiry into the operation of the OAIC No Yes
Political campaign finance reform
Adopt NSW election financing measures for 2019:

•       caps on donations from individuals & organisations,

•       donations >$1,000 disclosed in continuous real time

•       caps on expenditure for parties, candidates & 3rd party campaigners

No

 

Disclosure threshold $1k

No

 

No

 

No

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 An independent public inquiry to identify best practice for achieving transparent, accountable and cost effective election funding longer term for all Australian jurisdictions, progressed under the OGP No. Agree to real time disclosure inquiry No Yes
Open Government Partnership
An effective partnership structure for consultation, joint decision-making, monitoring and reporting on OGP Commit to ‘full participation’ No Yes
1st National Action Plan to have Increasing Public Integrity, bold and potentially transformative commitments No Yes
* The ALP responses are drawn from their advice to Transparency International

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