April 2016 (#214)

In this update:

  • A New Anti-Corruption Blueprint for Australia
  • Coalition commits to a Public Register of Beneficial Ownership
  • Important TI Australia Submission to Government
  • The Panama Papers and TI
  • Why we need Country-by-Country Reporting
  • ‘Alarming Events in an Election Year’ and ‘An Australian DPA Scheme Soon?’
  • EVENTS

A New Anti-Corruption Blueprint for Australia

In the short lead-up to the Federal Election, TI Australia’s media release highlights a TIA Plan with two specific recommendations: broaden the proposed re-establishment of the Australian Building & Construction Commission into a new Australian Serious Fraud & Corruption Office (ASFACO) to tackle criminal corruption in unions and business alike, and; initiate separate reforms to better coordinate integrity and anti-corruption measures within the Federal Government, including examining options for a national integrity commission and parliamentary integrity commissioner. Read ‘A New Anti-Corruption Blueprint For Australia‘, an op ed by Anthony Whealy QC, Chair, TI Australia.

 

Coalition commits to a Public Register of Beneficial Ownership

TI Australia (TIA) has long advocated for a public register of beneficial ownership as a major step to increase transparency so we can understand who really controls companies. Increased transparency is a critical tool in fighting corruption and the establishment of a public register of beneficial ownership will inhibit the flow of illicit funds and reduce opportunities for corruption.

 

Important TI Australia Submission to Government

TI Australia has made a submission titled the Establishment of a National Integrity Commission to the Select Committee on the establishment of a National Integrity Commission.

 

‘Alarming Events in an Election Year’ and ‘An Australian DPA Scheme Soon?’

Just two of the important issues discussed in the most recent TI Australia newsletter.

 

The Panama Papers and TI

The Panama Papers have exposed a global web of secrecy and corruption. It has also exposed the Chair of TI Chile who had to resign. Transparency International has called for an end to secrecy and international loopholes. It is vital to put significant international pressure on states, international organisations and financial institutions, and to stop the corrupt.

 

Why we need Country-by-Country Reporting

This video gives a vivid picture of the need for transparency in corporate reporting. Assessing the World’s Largest Companies, a 2014 TI report, evaluates the transparency of corporate reporting by the world’s 124 largest publicly listed companies.

 

EVENTS

 6 September 2016 – Sydney: Corruption Prevention Network Forum 2016

 

‘On the Waterfront’ in Melbourne

On Wednesday 13 April, over 70 people joined TI Australia’s Victorian Committee for the screening of the 1954 film ‘On the Waterfront’ at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square. TIA CEO, Phil Newman, and former trade union executive, Tricia Caswell, introduced the film with Tricia reflecting on how important – and risky – it is for individuals to stand up and speak out about corruption when they see it around them.

 

TI Australia e-Update #214

April 2016

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