In this update:
- New TI Australia sub-chapter launched in Perth
- ‘Unique’ MPs to escape full anti-corruption scrutiny in Victoria
- Australia: anti-bribery enforcement lacking
- Report on 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brazil
- Coming Events
On 28 November 2012, the Western Australian sub-chapter of Transparency International Australia was launched. Great interest and enthusiasm was shown, with over 60 people attending from the public and private sector. The Hon. John Hyde MLA gave a presentation. Mr Hyde is the Australian Chair of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), and the current shadow minister for Local Government; Culture and the Arts; Heritage; Citizenship; and Multicultural Interests. The WA Convenors, Georgia Mortley and Alan Wolfe outlined how Transparency International operates and presented an initial vision about possible WA sub-chapter activities.
‘The Age’ newspaper notes that: ‘Politicians have been deemed ‘unique’ by the Baillieu government and will escape the full scrutiny of Victoria’s new anti-corruption regime, with all whistleblower complaints about MPs to be first handled by MPs themselves…Former senior public servant Elizabeth O’Keeffe, a director of Transparency International Australia, said it was regrettable MPs would be treated differently.’ Click here for ABC 7.30 Report (Victoria) coverage of this issue – includes interviews with TIA Directors.
‘The Lawyers Weekly’ reports that Sydney lawyer, Robert Wyld, ‘has called for immediate government action to tackle the problem of foreign bribery, backing an OECD report that slammed Australia’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws and highlighted extensive failures in the handling of cases’.
The 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), a biennial meeting of world leaders, academics and activists, called for greater action against corruption around the world at a time when impunity threatens citizens’ trust in institutions and the promotion of a culture of transparency leading to a participatory society in which leaders are accountable.
4 December 2012 – 9am – 5.30pm: ‘Integrity in Government – A Work in Progress’, keynote speaker Senator John Faulkner. To be held in the Conference Room, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th Floor, Law Building, The University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton. This event will explore the general theme – Public Office as a Public Trust. A wide range of expert presentations and Q&A panels will consider a range of subjects. Registration: Amanda Currie – email@example.com
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.’
24-25 April 2013: IBA Anti-Corruption Conference, Corruption in Indonesia – Challenges and Solutions being held in Jakarta, Indonesia.