August 2010 (#116)


In this update:

  • TI Australia’s call to all major political parties
  • Enforcement of the ban on bribery of foreign officials
  • Latest TI Australia Newsletter – August 2010

TI Australia’s call to all major political parties

Transparency International Australia is calling on the major political parties to:

  1.  Establish a National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission to oversee the Federal Public Sector
  2. Legislate for greater protection of whistleblowers in the public sector
  3. Review and strengthen the 2008 Federal Lobbying Code of Conduct
  4. Fully implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

TI Australia affirms the Greens’ commitment to the establishment of a ?National Anti-Corruption and Integrity Commission? at the launch of their policy platform yesterday. They also join with the Labor Party in stating that they are committed to ?strengthen whistleblower protection legislation?.

TI Australia’s call to all major political parties

Enforcement of the ban on bribery of foreign officials

Australia is amongst the group of OECD countries which continues to show ‘little or no’ evidence of enforcement of the ban on bribery of foreign officials under the latest report of TI issued last week. Six EU countries, including UK and Germany have joined the US in the top ranked ‘active enforcement’ group of countries in this report. However TI draws the conclusion that this does not fulfil the collective commitment of the OECD countries to effectively ban foreign bribery. The Australian Criminal Code ban became law about a decade ago. While the TI report acknowledges the large increase in penalties for breach enacted in 2009, the lack of clear responsibility of parent companies based here for breaches in which offshore subsidiaries participate is a loophole.

Latest TI Australia Newsletter – August 2010

Articles include:

  •  TI in Berlin releases its 2010 Progress Report on the Enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention
  • NSW Lobbying Inquiry by the ICAC
  • Kenya
  •  Queensland Integrity Reform Bills
  • Transparency International’s 2009 Annual Report