April 2009 (#98)


In this update:

  • Transparency International Australia mourns the death of its Chair, Frank Costigan QC after a long illness

Transparency International Australia mourns the death of its Chair, Frank Costigan QC after a long illness

Frank was an intrepid champion in the fight against corruption, not only in Australia. Through his work with TI, he was able to maintain close interest in and devote his energies to the effort to combat corruption internationally.

With his appointment as a director in 2003, he brought to TI Australia his professional and personal integrity and his commitment to social justice, advocating the rights of the poorest people, recognising that it was those who are most vulnerable to the impact of corruption.

TI Australia Executive Director, Michael Ahrens, speaking on behalf of fellow Board members, remembers Frank�s inveterate commitment to advance the anti-corruption cause in Australia through the global organisation Transparency International. He said, �Frank may have been small in stature, but was a giant in spirit�. He is remembered also for his keen sense of humour, as a gentleman, a fine lawyer and our Chair.

As a champion of the need for greater integrity Frank remained always committed to arguing the case for strengthening the oversight of those who hold public office as well as of those charged to enforce the law.
Frank Costigan�s role as our Chair has much enhanced TI�s reputation across the community. He was known and respected across the legal profession around Australia, across the spectrum of political parties and at senior levels of Government.

Our condolences are extended to all members of his family, his siblings, his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know him.