May 2013 (#167)

In this update:

  • A call to the United Nations High Level Panel
  • TI Australia says Federal Anti-Corruption Watchdog Needed
  • Integrity Awards 2013 Launched
  • Coming Events

A Call to the United Nations High Level Panel

Transparency International has published its recommendations to the United Nations to adopt a goal on governance as part of new global commitments to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of development pledges made in 2000 which will come to an end in 2015. A letter from Huguette Labelle, Chair of TI, stresses the importance of governance as a stand-alone goal in the development process beyond 2015.

TI Australia says Federal Anti-Corruption Watchdog Needed

A TIA media release, calls for a federal watchdog to be established to investigate alleged links between former NSW MP Richard Torbay and almost $48 million of Centrelink tenancy leases. TIA said a federal anti-corruption investigator, similar to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in NSW, should be established so allegations of corruption are not investigated internally.

Integrity Awards 2013 Launched

The Accountability Round Table is once again calling for nominations for two awards to mark those members of the Australian Parliament worthy of recognition for their commitment to honest, transparent and accountable government and the parliamentary system.

Coming Events

EITI Global Conference – 22-23 May 2013 – ‘Beyond Transparency’, Sydney: stakeholders from across the globe will meet to share how EITI is leading to change in their countries and agree how the EITI Standard should evolve to further improve transparency and accountability of revenues from natural resources.

TI Australia Queensland Regional Committee Launch and Seminar – 21 June 2013: 4-6pm, Norton Rose, Solicitors, Level 21, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane. Speakers at the seminar to follow: Dr David Solomon, Prof. Saleem H. Ali and Michael Roche. RSVP by Mon 17 June to Tess at UHY Haines Norton on 07 32105556 or