31 October 2012 (#156)

In this update:

  • Have we banned foreign bribery effectively? The OECD reports on Australia
  • Re-gaining integrity in world cycling
  • Coming Events

Have we banned foreign bribery effectively? The OECD reports on Australia

The much awaited Report of the Working Group, following the expert team visit in May, has been released. The message from the OECD is plain and simple: Australia needs to do better to fulfil its own classification of the issue as of strategic importance’ and ‘high impact’. They say the effort must go forward on many fronts including:

  • Increased AFP expertise and resourcing for investigations in the anti-bribery field
  • Collaboration between the AFP and ASIC for joint operations and investigations and false accounting
  • Better incentives for companies to self-report
  • Enactment of a general whistleblower law

Re-gaining integrity in world cycling

Transparency International comments, ‘For years cycling has been a scandal-ridden sport. The International Federation of Cycling appeared unable to stop the doping or build back trust in the public. Poor governance and scandals damage not only the image of sport, its federations and representatives, but also compromise the positive influence sport has in spreading life values such as integrity and fair play.’ At the end of this article Transparency International proposes four ways in which sporting governing bodies can be reformed.

Coming Events

 TIA AGM & Evening Event in Melbourne

Thurs 29 November 2012

AGM at 5.00pm, followed at 6.00pm by a guest speaker

The Hon. Tim Smith QC, will give a presentation entitled: Anti-Corruption Reform – a tortuous tale and a forgotten principle. Tim Smith is Chair of the Accountability Round Table; Adjunct Professor, Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University; former County Court and Supreme Court Judge, and Australian and Victorian Law Reform Commissioner; and author of ‘Corruption: the abuse of entrusted power in Australia’ (Australian Collaboration, 2010, www.australiancollaboration.com.au).

Please diarise this event, hosted by Ashurst Australia

Floor 26, 181 Williams Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Registration: if you wish to attend please email admin@transparency.org.au

6-7 December 2012: 18th Annual Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Conference in Melbourne – Michael Ahrens, Executive Director, TI Australia, will give a keynote presentation. The conference brochures notes that, ‘It is imperative that public agencies continue to implement fraud and corruption measures and stay abreast of the emerging risks of new technologies and strategies to eliminate fraud risks in an organisation.’