September 2016 (#218)

In this update:

  • Relax. Corruption doesn’t affect you. Does it?
  • A case that exposes the weakness of Australia’s whistleblower regime
  • Does Australia need tougher laws against bribery & corruption?
  • US Secretary of State in Nigeria
  • Open Government Partnership – Australia
  • Mining for Sustainable Development Program (MSD)
  • EVENTS IN VICTORIA

Relax. Corruption doesn’t affect you. Does it?

Michael Bachelard in ‘The Age’ newspaper (28.8.16) suggests that what he calls ‘typically Australian complacency…sees Australians annually ranking our country near the top of Transparency International’s global table that measures “perceptions of corruption”.’ He goes on to comment on this ‘worrying trend’.

 

A case that exposes the weakness of Australia’s whistleblower regime

‘The Age’ newspaper (29.8.16) says that ‘In Australia, those who flag corruption inside companies receive limited or no protection and are often sacked or mistreated, while in the United States, which paid for evidence that exposed alleged bribery by BHP Billiton, whistleblowers are encouraged to come forward.’

 

Does Australia need tougher laws against bribery & corruption?

‘The Age’ newspaper (26.8.16) says that investigations show that Australia needs tougher anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws. ‘The primary reason our lawmakers must redouble their efforts to stop foreign bribery by Australian companies is as simple as it is profound…It is a crime with moral, economic and political dimensions. Not only does it harm vulnerable people and enrich corrupt reprobates, it besmirches Australia’s image and commercial credibility.’

 

US Secretary of State in Nigeria

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, on a recent visit to Nigeria, commented that ‘To effectively counter violent extremism…it is essential to build and rebuild trust in government, trust in the military, trust in law enforcement community, wherever that trust has been diminished. The fight against corruption has to be a global security priority of the first order.’

 

Open Government Partnership – Australia

The appointment of the Interim Working Group for Australia’s National Action Plan will be announced on the Open Government Partnership – Australia website. Click here to access the Australian Open Government Partnership – Civil Society Network website.

 

Mining for Sustainable Development Programme (MSD)

Recruitment of the MSD team has been finalised and the team, together with TIA CEO Phil Newman, are attending a full briefing in Berlin with TIS. Watch for an update in the next TI Australia newsletter where we introduce the programme team and immediate plans.

 

EVENTS
MELBOURNE:  Tuesday 27 September, 6pm

What happens when US National Securities Agency employee Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents to the press?

 

Find out by joining Transparency International Australia’s CEO for a glass of sparkling, sandwich and chat before a screening of Snowden, the 2016 biographical political drama directed by Oliver Stone.

 

$25 ticket price includes pre-screening glass of sparkling & sandwich with TIA’s CEO

Kino Cinema, 45 Collins St, Melbourne. Book tickets@: http://trybooking.com/MWMN

 

MELBOURNE: Tuesday 20 September 2016, 1 – 2 pm: Seminar ‘Legitimacy and Compliance in the Global Anti-Corruption Business’ by Dr Radha Ivory. Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. Click here to register.

TI Australia e-Update #218

September 2016

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