Law Council of Australia – Election 2010

Law Council's poll of Major Party's electoral positions on key legal issues (Includes Legislatiive Standards reform)

In July 2010, the Law Council of Australia invited major political parties contesting the 2010 Federal Election to provide their views on key national issues of relevance to the Australian legal profession.
The Law Council prepared a document containing a list of issues and questions, and requested major political parties provide the details of their policy platform in relation to these key areas by 28 July 2010.

THE Accountability Round Table announces the Parliamentary Integrity Awards

The public picture of politicians 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.

The Parliamentary Integrity Awards – Winners Announced

June 15 2010


Most attempts to improve political behaviour are based on negative consequences, curbing excesses by regulation and sanction. The Accountability Round Table awards are an endeavour to reward good parliamentary behaviour and recognise integrity rather than simply penalising the absence of it. On Tuesday 15th June, at Parliament House Canberra, the two inaugural awards were made.

Election 2010 – Parties & candidates integrity and transparency commitments


The Accountability Round Table seeks public commitments from all parties and candidates to establish:

1. a comprehensive independent integrity system for the Commonwealth incorporating a general purpose Commonwealth anti-corruption agency, which includes educative, research and policy functions and which is provided with all necessary powers and is subject to parliamentary oversight and

2. an enquiry by the Australian Law Reform Commission into regulation of the funding of political parties and candidates to achieve equality of access and integrity in our democratic system.

Book: “Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can’t Afford

Money and Politics: The democracy we can’t afford

Joo-Cheong Tham ,
9781921410093, UNSW Press, August 2010, 336pp

Money plays a controversial role in Australian politics. Political donations may spark claims of secret contributions and corruption. Do corporations or trade unions have undue infl uence over political parties by way of donations? Meanwhile, the activities of well-paid lobbyists come under the spotlight, with claims of preferential treatment and ‘favours for mates’. What role should lobbyists have in our political system? Public funding for political parties also attracts its share of criticism. Has it made politics fairer or entrenched the position of the major parties? There is a fear that while Australian politics has the trappings of a democracy, they mask an oligarchy where political power rests with only a few rich and powerful citizens and corporations. Money and Politics: The democracy we can’t afford systematically dissects how political parties raise and spend money and asks what this means for our democracy.

Available UNSW Press

Book Launch “Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can’t Afford

Melbourne Law School academic and political funding expert Dr. Joo-Cheong Tham will launch his new book “Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can’t Afford” with a panel discussion on the challenges posed by money in Australian politics on Tuesday 3 August.  
Speaking ahead of the launch, Dr Tham said that voters didn’t have to look far to see how money has ‘distorted and disfigured’ Australia’s democracy. 
 “The big mining companies have shown us the political power of corporate wealth” he says. “As a group it was reported they put aside $100 million for their ads against the proposed ‘Super Profits Tax’, with up to $2 million being spent each week to run the ads.”
Dr Tham’s book tackles the controversial role money plays in Australian politics and the fear that political power resides with only a few rich and powerful citizens and corporations.

Measuring transparency in public spending

Measuring transparency in public spending: Case of Czech Public e-Procurement Information System

Date: 2010-06


Jana Chvalkovská (Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
Jiří Skuhrovec (Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

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