February 2010 (#109)


In this update:

  • Big increase in Australian Penalties for Bribing Foreign Officials
  • Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
  • Frank Costigan QC honoured
  • Coming Events

Big increase in Australian Penalties for Bribing Foreign Officials

Amidst extensive changes to the criminal law, passed by the Australian Senate two weeks ago was the ramping up to dissuasive levels of the fines for bribery offshore in the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill (No. 2) 2009. A scenario for this can be found in the AICD?s The Boardroom Report for 10 February 2010.

AICD?s The Boardroom Report for 10 February 2010

Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)

Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International, has made the following comments on the Third session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) which took place in Doha, Qatar, in November 2009.
?This was a key meeting for TI and the anti-corruption community generally, since it involved tough negotiations about the UNCAC review mechanism, as well as discussions on asset recovery, preventive measures and technical assistance. Ahead of and during the Conference, TI engaged actively in advocacy on the UNCAC review mechanism, working together with a growing alliance of CSOs and with business associations. Numerous governments pushed hard for a sound outcome, against opposition from an influential group of countries.
?Despite the difficult negotiations, it was possible for governments in Doha to adopt a review mechanism based on peer review, albeit one with some weaknesses… TI’s efforts helped push the outcome in the right direction… The expected commencement of a review process in 2010 will provide new momentum for the UNCAC and will open important opportunities for TI advocacy nationally and globally in relation to government anti-corruption efforts. This should include advocacy at national level to encourage governments to choose the stronger options in the review process.?
An article about the outcomes of the conference can be found in the TI Australia February 2010 newsletter.

Frank Costigan QC honoured

Frank Costigan QC, esteemed past TI Australia Chair, has been honoured by an entry in the Victorian Bar Oral History website.

Coming Events

22-23 April 2010: International Bar Association 8th Annual Anti-Corruption Conference – The Restless Giant of Anti-Corruption Enforcement, Prague, Czech Republic