Democracy for sale? Marian Sawer

Marian Sawer is Emeritus Professor and Public Policy Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU. She has contributed the following article to John Menadue's "Pearls and Irritations" blog, giving a detailed analysis of Australia's political donation...

Election Survey results disappointing

ART is disappointed in the response from the ALP and Coalition to its survey on accountability measures. It seems very unlikely, whichever party (or parties) forms government, that the next Federal Government will be willing to take on the reforms necessary to deliver...

The Parliamentary Integrity Awards for the 44th Parliament

Nomination have opened for The Accountability Round Table Integrity Awards, for the 44th Australian Parliament. The Accountability Round Table will once again honour Federal Parliamentarians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to integrity during the...

ART launches 2016 election platforms

The Accountability Round Table today (Tues 14 June) asked political parties and candidates to commit to measures to improve the integrity and accountability of government. Chair of ART, Tim Smith QC, former Supreme Court Judge said The Commonwealth Government...

The OAIC, FOI and the effect of the Government 2016-7 Budget

The OAIC – The effect of the Government 2016-7 Budget An ART background paper to the election commitments sought by ART from all parties prior to the the July 2nd Federal Election June 2016 Introduction Over the last two years the Government failed in its attempt to...

Election 2016 – Political campaign finance reform

The public office, public, trust principle Parties are like football clubs – no matter how much money they get, they will spend it and then want more.   Former Victorian Premier, John Cain, Oct 2006 Australia’s federal electoral system has few constraints on donations...

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