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The Accountability Round Table is a non-partisan group of citizens with diverse backgrounds (journalists, lawyers, academics, former politicians and judges) and extensive experience in parliament, government and the courts. The Round Table is dedicated to improving...

Why no national integrity commission?

Why no national integrity commission?

Stephen Charles, Director of ART The Coalition has been promising Australia a federal Integrity Commission for nearly three years, and Christian Porter (when Attorney-General) produced an Exposure Draft for an Integrity Commission over 12 months ago. Why do we not now...

When is a Cabinet not the Cabinet?

When is a Cabinet not the Cabinet?

When the Prime Minister says that it is. Professor Spencer Zifcak Senator Rex Patrick has won the right to access documents from the National Cabinet. Scott Morrison should never have tried to keep them secret. The National Cabinet has been operating more or less...

The gaping hole in ministerial accountability – Julian Gardner AM

The gaping hole in ministerial accountability – Julian Gardner AM

Both major parties decline to allow ministerial staff to be questioned by parliamentary committees. Who then holds these staffers to account? The Statement of Ministerial Standards states that ministers must accept responsibility for their staffers’ actions. But do...

Easy Lies & Influence – ABC Interview

Easy Lies & Influence – ABC Interview

Warning of the consequences if corruption is left unchecked! See here for a great interview on ABC Radio National with Fran Kelly today (2/8). In Easy Lies & Influence, Fiona McLeod AO SC, Senior Counsel and Chair of the Accountability Round Table, explores corruption...

Accountability and the Rule of Law – ART workshop, 21 July, 6.15 pm

Accountability and the Rule of Law – ART workshop, 21 July, 6.15 pm

This event is co-sponsored by Accountability Round Table and Deakin University. Accountability and the Rule of Law. Government Accountability and the Rule of Law are two fundamental features of liberal democracy, recently lauded by Prime Minister Morrison. As the name...

Why should we tolerate self-serving politicians?

Why should we tolerate self-serving politicians?

Dr Colleen Lewis, ANU, writes in the Canberra Times this week: The time has come for hypocritical and self-serving political decision-making to cease. For too long our members of Parliament have either made themselves the exception to the rules they impose on others,...

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

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...

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