Rule of Law – Undermined

A number of people are very concerned at the undermining of judicial independence that is the effect of the new terrorism laws, including Spencer Zifcak. Spencer Zifcak is a member of ART, as well as Allan Myers Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Academy...

Vale The Hon Jim Carlton, AO, ART director

The Accountability Round Table mourns the passing of The Honorable Jim Carlton, AO. Jim died suddenly on Christmas Eve, after spending the day with his family. Jim was a vigorous and engaged director of the Accountability Round Table, constant in fighting for...

Open Government Partnership ART Submission – Stage 1

Feedback has been sought by the Government in the first stage of the preparation of Australia’s first Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. The Accountability Round Table's submission to the Australian Government on the Open Government Partnership...

Reforming the Policy Processes of our Democracies

Reforming the Policy Processes of our Democracies [1] “Principles to guide policy reform – can Plato show the way?” Paper presented by Hon Tim Smith QC,  at Melbourne University School of Government Conference , “ Democracy in transition”, 7 December 2015 The...

Network of civic citizens to engage on open government

Network of civic citizens to engage on open government A national coalition of organisations and individuals is gearing up to respond to the Federal Government’s invitation to engage on issues concerning how to make government work better, focusing on transparency,...

IBAC to get beefed-up powers

In a move long awaited by ART, the Government announced on 29 November 2015 that  Victorian  IBAC watchdog is finally to get the necessary teeth to investigate MPs, judges and public servants with legislation to be presented in the December sittings. ART members have...

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