February 2011 (#124)


In this update:

  • Latest TI Australia newsletter – March 2011
  • Proposed Australian Federal Whistleblowing Legislation
  • Towards Aid Effectiveness
  • Australian Federal Police supports Anti-Corruption Day

Latest TI Australia newsletter – March 2011

Articles include:

  • Welcome to Roger Gyles AO QC as Chair of TI Australia
  •  G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group
  • Asset Recovery
  • Strategic Planning – TI Australia
  • New tests for fraud in NSW
  • Changes in TI Leadership
  • TI and the UN Millennium Campaign, New York

Proposed Australian Federal Whistleblowing Legislation

The Federal Government has announced how far it will protect those who blow the whistle.Some highlights:

  • Only those with an ‘honest and reasonable’ belief that the matter concerns disclosable conduct are to be protected. It is not clear if proof of belief will just depend on the facts disclosed. It is agreed that motive is irrelevant.
  •  Former public servants and contractors are also to be covered, but not staffers or outside parties (within 5 years this last exclusion is to be reviewed).
  • Some line is to be drawn between ‘serious’ disclosures and others.
  • Provisions are to be included to protect anonymity and against harassment and reprisals. The rights will not however be workplace ones.
  •  Careful limits are to be set before whistleblowers can go to the media and be protected.

Proposed Australian Federal Whistleblowing Legislation

Towards Aid Effectiveness

In its submission to the Australian Government’s Review of Aid Effectiveness, TI Australia made concrete suggestions for steps AusAID should take to strengthen actions to ensure transparency, accountability and integrity as Australia’s commitment to contribute 0.5% of Gross National Income to Development Assistance by 2015-16 (double the current commitment). The submission drew attention to TI’s research which concluded that Corruption undermines efforts to achieve the MDGs.

Australian Federal Police supports Anti-Corruption Day

The Australian Federal Police website is supporting the UNODC anti-corruption campaign. The website states: The UNODC and UNDP ‘campaign aims to support a positive and pro-active stance against corruption and is proudly supported by the Australian Federal Police. Fighting corruption is a global concern as corruption is found in both rich and poor countries with evidence proving that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.’