A major paper canvassing key issues for the design of a federal anti-corruption commission
has been released at National Integrity 2017, as part of a new assessment of Australiaâs systems of integrity, accountability and anti-corruption.
Professor A J Brown, leader of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project âStrengthening Australiaâs National Integrity System: Priorities for Reformâ, said the paper will stimulate debate on some of the big questions about the purpose, role and powers of any new agency.
The paper includes perspectives from Transparency International chairman Anthony Whealy QC, Flinders University professor Adam Graycar and Profession Brown on the gaps and concerns in Australiaâs institutions which are leading to calls for a new federal anti-corruption body.
The body of the paper, âIntegrity of Purpose: Designing a Federal Anti-Corruption Commissionâ by Dr Grant Hoole and Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby of the University of New South Wales, spells out some of the deep questions that need to be answered about such an agency.
âWith momentum gathering towards such a vital reform, itâs crucial that citizens and policymakers think seriously about these deep design issues,â Professor Brown said.
Last month, the Senate appointed a new Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission to investigate the issue.
Senator Jacinta Collins, chair of the Committee is also addressing the National Integrity 2017 conference, being held in Brisbane by Transparency International Australia and Griffith University.
Dr Hoole and Associate Professor Appleby are presenting to the conference on Friday 17 March.
Questions posed by the paper include:
- What precisely is the objective of a federal anti-corruption commission â what are the mischiefs against which such commissions are directed?
- Should ideas like âcorruptionâ and âintegrityâ be cast broadly, allowing the commission latitude to investigate and address wrongdoing of various varieties, or narrowly, confining the powers of the commission to a highly specific mandate?
- What powers will the commission require to achieve its objectives?
- How should the commission be integrated with existing institutions, like the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, Ombudsman, Auditor-General, and new Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority?
Hon. Anthony Whealy QC, TI Australia Chair:
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Professor A J Brown, Griffith University and TI Australia board member:
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