December 2013 (#177)

In this update:

  • Australia’s score drops in TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2013
  • C20 launches online consultations with civil society
  • Michael Ahrens talks to Amanda Vanstone, ABC

Australia’s score drops in TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2013

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 warns that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world. More than two thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 Index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).  Click here to access Australia’s results.

Australia has dropped four points in the 2013 Index. Michael Ahrens, TIA’s Executive Director, told SBS that Australia’s decline may be attributed to the prosecution of Securency and Note Printing Australia executives, findings of ICAC in relation to Eddie Obeid and the corruption in the New South Wales government at the time.

Read further comment below:

International Business Times: Australia ‘Big Decliners’ in International’s Corruption Perceptions Index of 2013

The Age: Australian firms exposed to corruption risks by presence in bribery-prone countries

The Guardian: Australia rated alongside Syria as ‘big decliner’ in corruption perception

SBS: Australia drops in global corruption ranking


C20 launches online consultations with civil society

As Australia assumes the Presidency of the G20 (see official website at Australia’s C20 website – – is now live and a global consultation with Civil Society has been launched to assist the Steering Committee determine priority issues to advocate to the G20 Leaders when they meet in Brisbane a year from now.


Michael Ahrens talks to Amanda Vanstone, ABC

The Australian media frequently invites TI Australia to comment on corruption issues. In a recent interview with Amanda Vanstone, Michael Ahrens, TIA’s Executive Director, commented on the silence of the government regarding the National Anti-Corruption Plan (slide pointer forward to 39.45 to hear the interview).


TI Australia e-Update #177

December 2013

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