October 2019 (#249)

This past month we’ve seen weekly, if not daily reports that highlight the scale of undue influence and lobbying in Australian politics.

The almost immediate appointment of Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop to top jobs in the private sector, directly related to their ministerial portfolio’s, highlights for all the wrong reasons, the inadequacy of the federal Ministerial Standards, and a failure to implement them. Transparency International Australia made our views known on this though our submission, appearance as a witness before the Senate Committee, and in the media.

Its been a busy month with our ongoing involvement in the Open Government Partnership, the AFP corruption prevention initiative and engagement with the private sector.

At TIA we are continuing our call for a strong national integrity system, a functioning democracy and whistleblower protection.

We joined more than 800 businesses and organisations that lent their logo in support of  Climate Strike – after all, a health democracy and a healthy environment go hand in hand, and corruption and undue influence can threaten both.

Read on to learn more about our work this past month and upcoming events to get involved in.

Thank you for your support

Serena Lillywhite

TIA’s Whistleblowing Event

21st October, NAB Office-Docklands, 5.30-7.30pm

With new legislation coming into force, now’s the time to learn more about the new protections for private sector whistleblowers.

At this event you will hear firsthand insights from Professor A J Brown, Australia’s leading whistleblower expert, on the recently amended whistleblower provisions of the Corporation Act. NAB Chief Financial Crime Risk Officer and Head of NAB Group’s Whistleblower Program will provide insights on implementation, and TIA CEO Serena Lillywhite will give an update on our anti-bribery and corruption work.

Our members will be eligible for a free ticket to the event, worth $50.00. General admission tickets are also be available.

Click here to purchase a ticket

Read more here on becoming a TIA member

The Public have a Right to Know

The public have a right to know what is being negotiated with the Adani Royalty Deal.

Election promises have been made that no taxpayer funds would be spent on the Adani Mine in Queensland. The proposed plans to offer Adani some form of royalty relief, or royalty holiday, means that the people of Queensland will miss out on royalties from the mine.

The resources belong to the Australian people, and any subsidies given to Adani will impact the public purse. Without this level of transparency and accountability, trust and confidence in the QLD government and the mining sector will continue to be eroded.

Click here to read our submission

TIA Annual General Meeting- Save The Date!

TIA members are welcome to join our Annual General Meeting in Sydney on the evening of Tuesday 28th November.

Members will receive more information about the AGM via email in the next few weeks.

Join Our Team

We are on the lookout for a new Programme Assistant to join our team.

This position is an integral role in the Melbourne-based Mining for Sustainable Development programme, supporting the Head of Programme and other members of the global programme team.

Click here to learn more about the role 

Media and Law Conference 

At the inaugural Law and the Media Conference in Sydney on 8th November, experts will discuss the way forward to re-balance Australia’s national security, data encryption, defamation, whistleblowing and suppression order legislation.

As CEO of TIA I am delighted to be included in the line up of speakers. Our democracy is in decline in Australia, and increasingly we are relying on whistleblowers and the media to expose wrong doing and protect the national interest.

It will be highlighted why journalists engaged in legitimate work should be protected along with their sources.

Many ask does Australia need the equivalent of a First Amendment? The Conference will open up dialogue on what needs to be in place to better protect press freedom in Australia.

Register here to attend

New workshops and final program – Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2019

Registrations are open for the 7th Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC), including individual places in pre-conference workshops on 29 October 2019. Register before Thursday 24 October to secure your spot.

The theme for APSACC in 2019 is ‘Identifying challenges, finding solutions’ and will focus on how we can best prevent, expose and respond to corrupt conduct and corruption risks in public institutions. You will engage with a thought provoking program delivered by international and Australian speakers across many topics including culture and ethics, effective leadership, and the use of data in early detection. Interactive pre-conference workshops will also be delivered across a range of topics:

  • Integrity in action: what would you do if…, Ms Helen Fatouros, Director Legal, Ms Kerryn Ellis, Director Corporate Services and Ms Stacey Coe, Principal Events Officer, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Victoria
  • Policy analysis 2.0 and corruption, Professor Robert Klitgaard, Claremont Graduate University, California
  • Getting the most out of your corruption prevention training program, Professor Robert Klitgaard, Claremont Graduate University, California
  • Preventing corruption in procurement, Professor Adam Graycar, Griffith University and University of Adelaide and Dr Stuart Macintyre, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Victoria
  • Dealing with conflict of interest, Ms Marita Cullen, Victorian Ombudsman

Transparency International  Australia Director, Professor AJ Brown and TIA CEO Serena Lillywhite will be presenting.
Find out more about the APSACC workshops.