December 2012 (#160)


In this update:

  • Five steps the Commonwealth Government should take…Senator Faulkner
  • UN Anti-Corruption Day

Five steps the Commonwealth Government should take… Senator Faulkner

Senator Faulkner last week at the Integrity in Government Conference, University of Melbourne Law School, spelled out in detail what he describes as ‘further key steps the Commonwealth Government can and should take to promote that transparency and accountability that underpins political integrity and, in doing so, strengthens our democracy.

–        ‘The first step is the finalisation of the National Anti-Corruption Plan [as promised]…

–        ‘The second step is legislation protecting public interest disclosure [Whistleblower laws as promised]…

–        ‘The third key step the Commonwealth Government should take is to pursue the introduction of a Code of Conduct for Members of Federal Parliament…

–        ‘The fourth key step the Commonwealth Government should take is to become a signatory to and support the Open Government Partnership…

–        ‘The fifth key step for the Commonwealth Government is electoral funding reform.’

Click here for the full speech.

 

UN Anti-Corruption Day

Many countries throughout the Asia Pacific region commemorated UN Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday 9 December. In his message, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, reminded us that ‘Corruption destroys opportunities and creates rampant inequalities. It undermines human rights and good governance, stifles economic growth and distorts markets’.