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Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2010 Victorian State Election Our submission was made to the Victorian Joint Investigatory Committee - Electoral Matters by The Hon Ken Coghill. Our submission can be found here. The details of the inquiry can be found on this...
Former Supreme Court judge Tim Smith says the Government's anti-corruption body is doomed to fail. Related Document Calls for changes to-anti-corruption body
THE Baillieu government is under pressure to rethink its anti-corruption commission after one of its key advisers accused it of muzzling the body and ''extracting its teeth''. Melissa Fyfe and Royce Millar explain why in an article in "The Age". Corruption...
Ministerial Responsibility – Correspondence to the Premier. Identical correspondence was sent to the leaders of the Nationals, ALP and Greens.
“At a time when there is much irritation about the functioning of the political process, in this lecture I want to canvass the difficulty of judging politicians through the lens of integrity because of the layers of responsibility they have and the complexity of many of the issues with which they have to deal. In any particular circumstance the answer to the question, what is the right thing to do, depends on judgements about what interest they are supposed to serve and what policy choices they actually have. How a person of integrity should act is dependent on the nature of the questions faced and in whose or what interest he or she should be acting. Where does the politician’s duty lie? “
FOR THE COMPLETE LECTURE, CLICK THE ATTACHMENT.
YouTube Video of Fred Chaney’s lecture
ART Submission to the 2011 Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into the Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns
This post contains three submissions. A main submission and two supplementary submissions to the 2011 Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into the Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns. In May 11 and 12 of 2011, the House of...
Vic election 2010 Party promises to ART.
The Art seeks a public commitment from all parties to restore open, responsible and accountable government by
1. adopting the Solomon Report and enacting the Right to Information legislative model adopted in Queensland and Tasmania (Appendix A)
2. restoring Westminster principles by
a) recommitting to the principles of ministerial accountability and responsibility (Appendix B)
b) committing to the rejection of the so-called McMullan Principle as being inconsistent with the right and duty of the Parliament to seek information to enable it to hold ministers and the Executive to account (Appendix C)
and to do so by implementing a Ministerial Code (and Ministerial Staff Code re b)) giving effect to those commitments and doing so in legislation in a manner similar to the current Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament.
We have replies to date from the Greens, the National Party and as of 17th November 2010, the Labor Party. On 19th November the Liberal Party added to the National's response. On 22nd November we received a backgrounder on the Liberals proposed IBAC, attached.
Details of Minister, Department, and current Federal accountability reviews
State and territory Offices monitoring accountability and transparency