BOOK: How to improve governance: a new framework for analysis and action

David M. De Ferranti, Justin Jacinto, and Anthony J. Ody, How to improve governance: a new framework for analysis and action (Brookings Institution Press, 2009).

Emphasizes the need for a comprehensive analytical framework that considers transparency, accountability, governance, and corruption throughout the calculus. Discusses how it can be applied to different countries to help analyze the current situation and identify potential areas for improvement, assessing their relative feasibility and the steps needed to promote them.

NSW political donations reform – Keneally caps donations

As a response to the NSW Joint Standing Committee on Election Reform report, the NSW Labor Government has moved to introduce caps to election spending and donations.

From The Australian

Keneally to cap political donations

ART’s Shortlist of Parliamentary Reforms

The minimum actions to restore Parliamentry integrity

Action to restore open and accountable government at a Federal level
1. Parliamentary reform
a)    Independent presiding officers in both houses
b)    Reforms to question time to enable it to function as part of the accountability process
c)    Confirmation of Parliament's right to call the staff of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries to give evidence and repudiation of the so-called "McMullan Principle".
d)    Ensuring adequate resourcing of Opposition and other parties and independent members.

Corruption – Our Policy

August 2010

The Anticorruption reforms that ART would like to see

The risks of corruption have been increased by: the on going increase in government control of information;  the ever-increasing need for funding of political campaigns; the methods employed to obtain it and the failure to enact legislation to impose controls;  the commercialization of government services and projects;  the development of lobbying and the inadequacies of the attempt to control the activity and make it transparent in a timely manner; and failure to either stop or control the flow of Ministers and their staff to the lobbying industry on retirement from their positions.  

Donations – Our policy

August 2010

The reforms to political donations that ART would like to see

The Accountability Round Table’s starting premise is that the cost of election campaigns should be borne entirely by the State

Parliamentary reform – the post election promises so far..

This is a list to be updated as we hear of new Parliamentary reform promises and suggestions from Parliamentarians and other political players.

Christopher Pyne on time limits on answers, an independent speaker and a guarantee that private member's bills would be voted on

Election 2010 – Party committments to date

How are the major parties proposing to enhance Parliamentary integrity and accountability?

We have Election 2010 responses from Greens, Coalition and Labor. Read on…


Do you support 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?


Do you support 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?


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.

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