October 2010 (#119)

In this update:

  • Cricket bribery
  • Australian arrested in India
  • Securency Raids
  • Political Donations – Special Minister of State, Gary Gray comments
  • Whistle can now be blown louder in Queensland
  • Coming Events

Cricket bribery

ABC Grandstand Sport reports, ‘The Federal Government is in talks with peak sports bodies and gaming companies who want tough new laws to fight corruption in sport, amid recent crises in cricket and rugby league. The move comes as ABC TV’s Four Corners program airs new revelations that world cricket’s governing body failed to inform Cricket Australia of its concerns about a London agent, who was later filmed boasting about fixing international matches’.

Australian arrested in India

The recent arrest in India of an Australian, suspected of taking a bribe – under a process in which US law enforcement agents apparently played a key role – is a sharp reminder that both local foreign law and the extended legal writ of third countries may be invoked in case of claims of corrupt activity abroad, quite apart from our Criminal Code provisions applying.

Securency Raids

At the same time officers of the Australian Federal Police have sprung into action with co-ordinated raids offshore in a dramatic way in the long running saga of Securency, the Melbourne based, ‘recognised world leader in secure polymer substrate technology and the supplier of a range of unique substrates for bank notes’.

Political Donations – Special Minister of State, Gary Gray comments

On 28 September The Australian reported Gary Gray’s call for ‘An overhaul of political donations laws,including tougher disclosure laws and spending caps as low as $100,000 per electorate. In his first interview since his promotion to the Gillard ministry, Mr Gray called for a national approach to donations reform, rather than states such as NSW pressing ahead with their own overhaul of the system’.

Whistle can now be blown louder in Queensland

TI Australia Director, A. J. Brown, writes in The Australian, ‘Queensland’s new Public Interest Disclosure Bill was introduced into state parliament in August and became law’ after two days of debate. When the Act commences in a few months, public officials will be legally protected if they take a public interest disclosure to a journalist’, after taking certain steps. A.J. Brown comments, ‘The new section is the simplest, clearest and most liberal provision for public servants to be able to go public with serious concerns about wrongdoing, if official authorities fail to act – not just in Australia, but anywhere in the world’.

Coming Events

IACC 14th Annual Anti-Corruption Conference 2010: Restoring Trust: Global Action for Transparency to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 10-13 November 2010