Measuring transparency in public spending: Case of Czech Public e-Procurement Information System
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)
Big Ideas. ABC Radio National 621
6 June 2010
July 21, 2010
MAJOR donors to political parties in this federal election will be able to keep contributions secret for another 18 months under campaign finance laws that keep voters in the dark.
Buying influence at the expense of public confidence
Political donations will always arouse suspicion.
POLITICAL parties are also businesses: they have to be. But is it the business of politicians to solicit and accept substantial donations to party funds, especially when such gifts could be seen as potential buying-of-influence – or, to put it bluntly, a form of bribery in hope of future services rendered? Such conclusions, while perhaps simplistic, are inevitably drawn whenever or wherever the subject of party politics and corporate largesse arises.
Accountability Round Table member The Hon Dr Ken Coghill gets a mention.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured, if a little apprehensive to receive this award.
Honoured, because I have always believed that the accountability, scrutiny and review mechanisms of parliament are fundamental to our democracy, critical to holding governments to account and essential for good policy outcomes. I have maintained that belief throughout my time in Parliament.
Sir Anthony Mason, Tim Smith, Members of the Accountability Roundtable, parliamentary colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.
I am deeply honoured that the Accountability Roundtable has considered me to be an appropriate choice for the Alan Missen Award for 2010. What Alan Missen did spanned decades, beginning with his opposition to the Menzies’ government’s referendum proposal to ban the Communist Party. When one considers this, and Alan’s record of independence and achievement in the Senate, then one can only conclude that the Roundtable has been generous in its choice for the inaugural Missen award.
ABC RN National Interest 18 June 2010 report on Parliamentary Integrity Awards: listen on –
17 June 2010
Information about the Inquiry
On 16 June 2010 the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee for inquiry and report.
The Age June 15, 2010
Australia’s politicians are perceived as disconnected from the concerns of the people, and politics is all about gaining and maintaining power, former High Court chief justice Sir Anthony Mason says.
In a stinging critique of contemporary Australian politics, he said there was also a prevailing and unrealistic expectation that government could solve everybody’s problems.
Sir Anthony said surveys indicated many Australians would give a depressing verdict on the integrity, humanity and efficiency of the Australian political system.