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...

A win from the 2016 budget for transparency and accountability

ONE STEP FORWARD..... At last we have a major win. Thanks to some tireless and extensive lobbying from ART and others concerned with transparency, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has been re-funded. Furthermore, some special  attention has been...

Dodgy unions are not our worst corruption problem

Neil Tiffen argues in "The Age" that corruption "is not just an issue for government – it applies to businesses, political parties, sports associations, charitable organisations and unions. It affects us all." What we need is a "Federal ICAC", an anti-corruption...

Amending IBAC. How to make the proposed amendments watertight.

Accountability Round Table has critiqued the amendments to the IBAC legislation proposed for May 2016. "Before the 2014 election, the then Labor opposition indicated that, if elected, it would amend the IBAC Act by the inclusion of the offence of misconduct in public...

Whistle-blower protection. Our submission to the review of the Act.

Whistleblower protection in the Public Service is covered by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act).  The PID Act came into operation in January 2014 to encourage public officials to disclose suspected wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector. The...

Ken Coghill on Melbourne City Council campaign donations.

The Age quotes Accountability Round Table's Ken Coghill on the offer by Ken Ong, the council's chair of planning, to provide in the order of $200,000 to fund an election campaign in exchange for the Deputy Mayoral position. Ken Ong "buying political power" according...

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