In this update:
- TIA Supports Recommendation to Abolish ‘Golden’ Visas
- Important Amendments to the Australian Criminal Code
- Fighting Corruption at the forefront of the Commonwealth
- New Chair and CEO for TI Australia
TI Australia endorses the Productivity Commission’s recommendation 10.3 in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Migrant Intake to abolish Significant Investor Visas (SIV) and Premium Investor Visas (PIV) – also known as ‘golden visas’.
Important new amendments to the Criminal Code to prohibit false accounts and records are included in a pending Bill. Besides reckless and intentional falsity, the wording prohibits ‘concealing or destroying such records’. The law will have offshore reach and application to those who supply services to an Australian company. Submissions are open until 8 January 2016.
At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, a joint statement of Transparency International and Hon. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, pledged to put fighting corruption at the centre of the Commonwealth. The statement outlines the damaging impact of corruption that ‘can choke off development, rob people of faith in their governments and sow the seeds of instability and conflict’.
New Chair and CEO for TI Australia
TI Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Whealy QC as the Chair of TI Australia. TIA sincerely thanks the past Chair, Roger Gyles AO QC, for his wise, balanced and insightful leadership over the past five years. Roger has overseen significant developments in TIA, including the appointment of a CEO. TIA welcomes Phil Newman as CEO of TI Australia
3 February 2016: 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index events in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and WA hosted by KordaMentha. Invitations will be issued in January.
TI Australia e-Update #210
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