Australia’s International Corruption Reputation Continues to Tumble

Transparency International Australia (TIA) is calling on the Australian government to address critical deficiencies in Australia’s anti-corruption laws, as the country falls further on the international Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the third year in a row.

TIA’s Chairman, Anthony Whealy QC, commenting on ABC radio made the following key points:

  • The focus of results is on Australia’s score – which has slipped overtime from 85 to 79 – this reflects the perception over time of what countries are doing
  • Three years ago we were in the top ten
  • Government’s complacency and inaction to update foreign bribery laws means we’re now perceived lower on the Index
  • It’s clear now the government needs to establish a federal anti-corruption body
  • Areas where inaction has occurred: updating foreign bribery laws, the OPG, slowness in implementing the OECD working group’s recommendations
  • There’s been a lack of prosecutions and Australia should look to the UK and their well-regarded foreign bribery laws
  • Australia really should be a leader in fighting corruption