Integrity Awards

THE  ACCOUNTABILITY ROUND TABLE ‘BUTTON / MISSEN’ PARLIAMENTARY INTEGRITY AWARDS

img_integrityawardsThe ART has created two Parliamentary Integrity Awards for federal parliamentarians. They honour two former members of the federal Parliament, John Button and Alan Missen, in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the values, purposes and duties for which power was entrusted to them as members of the Australian Parliament

The community is presented with an incomplete picture of our politicians and our parliamentary systems, in particular, the picture rarely includes those politicians who conduct themselves with integrity, respecting the need for honest, open and accountable government.  In addition, there is  no public recognition of their integrity and no system to reward or encourage such integrity. The “Parliamentary Integrity Awards” are intended to fill that gap.

In this context, integrity is assessed
“… by reference to the values, purposes and duties for which … power is entrusted to, or held by, the institutions and individual officeholders concerned. When individuals and institutions act in a manner that is true to these values, purposes and duties, we say they have integrity. Truth and honesty are not synonyms for integrity, but provide fundamental elements… “ .(National Integrity Systems Assessment Report, 2005 ( p.9)

CRITERIA FOR THE MISSEN AWARDS AND NOMINATION INFORMATION HERE

CRITERIA FOR THE BUTTON AWARDS AND NOMINATION INFORMATION HERE


The Parliamentary Integrity Awards for the 44th Parliament

Nomination have opened for The Accountability Round Table Integrity Awards, for the 44th Australian Parliament.

The Accountability Round Table will once again honour Federal Parliamentarians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to integrity during the Parliament that has just been prorogued.

ART is calling for nominations for its two awards – the John Button Award for a Minister or Shadow Minister and frontbenchers, and the Allan Missen Award for backbenchers of both Houses of Parliament during the 44th Parliament.

The chairman of ART, Mr Tim Smith QC, says that a major reason why voters are turning away from politics, is that we are not aware that there are members of parliament who act in the finest traditions, honouring the public trust in public office that is placed in them by the Australian public.

“While it is easy to be cynical about politicians given the turnover of Prime Ministers in recent years, it is important to acknowledge those members of parliament whose commitment to parliamentary integrity has been unwavering.”

The Awards honour two former Senators, John Button and Alan Missen. The Button Award is for Ministers and Shadow Ministers and their Parliamentary Secretaries and the Missen awards for all other members of the Commonwealth Parliament. They were first awarded in 2010, to Senator John Faulkner and backbencher Petro Georgiou. The 2013 recipients were Mark Dreyfus (the Button award) and Melissa Parke and Judi Moylan, who shared the Missen award.

To quote former Chief Justice Sir Anthony Mason, when presenting the inaugural awards in 2010, “The object of the awards is to offer public recognition and support to those members of parliament whose service to the public bears the hallmark of integrity. It is hoped the awards will focus attention on the vital importance of integrity and accountability in public life, encourage public understanding and discussion of government accountability issues, and in this way counter the growing cynicism about our parliamentary democracy.” (For details citations and speeches – including those of the presenters of the awards https://www.accountabilityrt.org/integrity-awards/ ).

Nominations will close on 20 July 2016 and the winners will be announced in September in Parliament House Canberra. Details including the relevant criteria to be addressed in any nomination can be found on the Accountability Round Table website ( www.accountabilityrt.org) .

The selection committee for the awards comprises Mr Tim Smith, Ms Lyn Allison, Associate Professor Ken Coghill, Hon. Kevin Rozzoli, Professor Charles Sampford, and Dr David Solomon.

For further information please contact Tim Smith on 9882 6605 or 0459088121 or Ken Coghill on 0419 426 888


The Parliamentary Integrity Awards for the 43rd Parliament: December 2013

The Parliamentary Integrity Awards for the 43rd Parliament were awarded in Parliament House, Canberra on 11th of December 2013.

Selection Committee

The ART Selection Committee for Integrity Awards for the 43rd Parliament was comprised of;

Lyn Allison – former leader of the Democrats
The Hon. Jim Carlton – former federal Liberal Party Minister,
The Hon Dr. Ken Coghill – former ALP member  of and Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Associate Professor, Business and Economics, Monash University,
Harry Evans – Former Clerk of the Senate,
Professor Charles Sampford – Director, The Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law
Dr David Solomon – Queensland Integrity Commissioner.

Chaired by the Chair of the ART, Hon Tim Smith QC – retired Victorian Supreme Court judge and Adjunct Professor, Business and Economics Monash University.

Recipients

The Button Award was received by The Hon, Mark Dreyfus, QC, MP. Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for the Arts.

The Missen Award was received by The Hon, Judi Moylan, MP,  and The Hon, Melissa Parke, MP.

The Award Citations list their attributes and actions that demonstrated their fulfillment of the Award criteria.

The Hon, Sir Gerard Brennan, AC, KBE, GBS presented the awards to the recipients.  Sir Gerard’s Award Presentation Speech covered matters of the separation of powers, the administration of the public interest and the fiduciary duty owed the public by its representatives in parliament.

Mark Dreyfus’s acceptance speech

Judi Moylan’s acceptance speech

Melissa Parke’s acceptance speech

 

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The Parliamentary Integrity Awards for the 42rd Parliament: June 2010

The Inaugural Awards

The Parliamentary Integrity Awards for the 42rd Parliament were awarded in Parliament House, Canberra on 15th of June 2010

Selection Committee

The ART Selection Committee for Integrity Awards for the 42rd Parliament was comprised of;

Lyn Allison – former leader of the Democrats
The Hon. Jim Carlton – former federal Liberal Party Minister,
The Hon Dr. Ken Coghill – former ALP member  of and Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Associate Professor, Business and Economics, Monash University,
Harry Evans – Former Clerk of the Senate,
Prof Emeritus David Yencken AO
Professor Charles Sampford – Director, The Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law
Dr David Solomon – Queensland Integrity Commissioner.

Chaired by the Chair of the ART, Hon Tim Smith QC – retired Victorian Supreme Court judge and Adjunct Professor, Business and Economics Monash University.

Recipients

The Button Award was received by John Faulkner

The Missen Award was received by Petro Georgiou

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE presented the awards to the recipients. Sir Anthony Mason’s Award Presentation Speech covered the increasing disconnection between people and politics, and a view of politicians as “immured in their own world” a view enhanced by the perspective of the media on politicians and their behaviour. Political donations and political lobbying help to entrench political access for privileged elites. Methods of funding and lobbying politicians and the various controversial measures they implement ought to be open to public scrutiny. Ministerial responsibility for mistakes and oversights is on the decline as is the role of parliament as a watchdog.  Moreover the complexity of executive government has grown to the point where it is only possible for selective oversight to take place. “The popular image of the political process would be enhanced if the ideals of openness and accountability were pursued,  if relevant information was made available in timely fashion to the public and if our representatives gave us the bad news as well as the good news.”

John Faulkner’s acceptance speech

Petro Georgiou’s acceptance speech

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Media

Two MPs receive awards for integrity

Sydney Morning Herald June 15, 2010 – 9:14PM
The Age June 15, 2010
Bigpond News Wednesday, June 16, 2010 » 06:52am
Business Spectator 9:28 PM, 15 Jun 2010
Herald Sun June 16, 2010 4:10AM
Daily Telegraph June 16, 2010 4:10AM

Faulkner, Georgiou honoured for integrity

ABC News Online Posted Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:35am AEST

Integrity Awards Report – ABC Radio National “National Interest” 18 June 2010

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The Launch of the Accountability Round Table ‘Button – Missen’ Parliamentary Integrity Awards by Tony Fitzgerald – 11th March 2010

The Accountability Round Table launched its ‘Button – Missen’ Parliamentary Integrity Awards on the 11th March 2010, at the Monash University Law Chambers.

The Launch Speech was made by Tony Fitzgerald, QC, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland and judge in the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales.

The speech covered matters of increased domination by sectional interests of  Australia’s public life and parliaments, and the public inertia about its effects on official misconduct and the pursuit of populism by governments.  Tony Fitzgerald argued that legal and ethical constraints are necessary to prevent manipulation to advance personal and group interests which risk future dissipation of the social cohesion necessary for society to successfully function.

Button Missen Parliamentary Integrity Awards Launch Speech – Tony Fitzgerald QC

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