November 2008 (#93)

In this update:

  • TI Australia latest Newsletter – November 2008
  • Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland speaks at TIA event
  • 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference – Athens, November 2008
  • 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)
  • Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector

TI Australia latest Newsletter – November 2008

The latest TI Australia newsletter includes articles entitled:

  • Transparency and Accountability: Our Agenda – Senator John Faulkner
  •  Blowing the Whistle on the Australian Public Sector
  •  Water and Corruption
  •  TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2008
  •  Death of TI PNG Chairman, Mike Manning

08 November Newsletter

Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland speaks at TIA event

Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland, Victoria Police, spoke at the TI Australia AGM � 26 November 2008 in Melbourne about the challenge of building integrity and transparency from within a law enforcement agency. The OPI and whistleblower mechanisms were discussed.

13th International Anti-Corruption Conference � Athens, November 2008

The 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference brought together more than 1,300 participants from 135 countries who recognised the central role of transparency and accountability in mitigating the current financial crisis and preventing future failures. Seeking to put an end to the misery, alienation and instability that corruption breeds, the meeting in Athens ended with a call to address corruption in order to strengthen financial, environmental and natural resources governance. Other key comments from the meeting included:
1) Financial crisis a betrayal of public trust: Transparency International, at its 2008 Annual Membership Meeting in Athens, stated that world leaders need to recognise that the global financial crisis is the result of, �an enormous mismanagement of funds entrusted by the public to financial institutions�. Transparency International outlined seven priority areas for action by the leaders of the G-20: regulation and supervision; rescue measures; offshore havens; governance; conflicts of Interest; investigations and sanctions; and aid.
2) UK government failure to fight foreign bribery: At the close of its Annual Membership Meeting TI spoke out strongly on the UK government�s failure to enforce the ban on foreign bribery by its companies under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, to which the UK has been a party for nearly a decade.

2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

The 2008 CPI highlights the fatal link between poverty, failed institutions and graft. The CPI measures the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in a given country, It is a composite index, drawing on different expert and business surveys. The 2008 CPI scores 180 countries on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to ten (highly clean). Who scores worst and who has improved?

Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector

Because it can lead to the discovery and rectification of wrongdoing, public interest whistleblowing is widely acknowledged as being positive for organisations and for society at large. However, the conflicts and reprisal risks often associated with whistleblowing also support a widespread belief that every whistleblower is destined to suffer. Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector – Enhancing the theory and practice of internal witness management in public sector organisations uses evidence from over 8,000 public servants in over 100 Australian federal, state and local government agencies to show that whistleblowers can and do survive, and that often their role is highly valued. This book is of interest to all public sector managers and anyone interested in public accountability.