July 2014 (#188)


In this update:

 

  • Whistleblower Protection in the Private Sector
  • TI PNG expresses concern about recent events
  • Government harassment of civil society threatens Sri Lankan democracy
  • Murder of a respected member of Transparency International Rwanda

Whistleblower Protection in the Private Sector

A recent article in The Age reports that ‘Informants who expose wrongdoing in corporate Australia would be better protected and potentially rewarded, under proposals to beef up the nation’s whistleblower laws. The landmark Senate inquiry that has raked over the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal has called for substantial changes to how private sector whistleblowers in Australia are treated’. The enquiry also proposed that the government explore options for incentives for whistleblowers.

 

TI PNG expresses concern about recent events

TI PNG recently commented on the current situation in PNG that ‘the rule of law appears to have been subverted for the sake of political self-preservation, with no regard for the principle of the separation of powers. By doing this we are legitimising corruption, which is already rampant in the public sector and a major impediment to the country’s development, and imbedding it in our government institutions’. TI PNG also calls on watch dog institutions to ‘do their appointed jobs properly and independently of external influence’.

 

Government harassment of civil society threatens Sri Lankan democracy

Transparency International condemns the intimidation of civil society organisations in Sri Lanka and calls on the government to safeguard the right of people to speak out freely. Recently the Ministry of Defence issued a warning that civil society organisations do not have the right to conduct ‘press conferences, workshops, training for journalists and dissemination of press releases’. This prevents citizens from holding their leaders to account.

 

Murder of a respected member of Transparency International Rwanda

TI Australia expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Gustave Sharangabo Makonene, a respected member of Transparency International Rwanda, who was murdered on 17 July.

 

Events

Sydney – Festival of Dangerous Ideas – 30-31 August 2014: part of the year-round Ideas at the House program of the Sydney Opera House, presented in association with St James Ethics Centre. Leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world will bring contentious ideas, challenging mainstream thought and opinion.

 

Sydney – CPN 2014 Annual Forum – 11 September 2014: Click here for the program.

 

 

TI Australia e-Update #188

June 2014

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