Australians’ trust in government has continued to slide, driven by growing concerns about corruption at the federal level, according to a special Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) survey conducted by Griffith University and Transparency International Australia.
The results also show strong support for the creation of a new federal anti-corruption body, with two-thirds (67%) supporting the idea. Other main findings of the survey are:
- Trust & confidence in all levels of government fell in the last year, to 46% for federal and state governments and 51% for local governments nationally;
- Continued low levels of experienced bribery (less than 2%), but high concerns about officials or politicians using their position to benefit themselves or their family (62%) or favouring businesses and individuals in return for political donations or support (56%);
- A 9 point increase since 2016 in perceptions that federal members of parliament are corrupt (85% at least ‘some’ corrupt, 18% ‘most/all’ corrupt) – placing them on par with state parliamentarians and worse than local officials.
Project leader and TI Board member Professor AJ Brown, said the results provide both a warning and an opportunity for Australian governments.
“We now see a stronger correlation between trust and action against corruption.”
“Well over a third of citizens’ total trust and confidence is now explained by whether they feel the government is doing a ‘good job in fighting corruption’ (37% at the federal level, 25% state).
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