The latest global corruption report points a finger squarely at the corrosive influence of money in politics.
Since 2012, Australia has slid 8 points in Transparency International’s global corruption ranking, and this downward trajectory is cause for concern.
For decades, Australian journalists have uncovered truth and aided the quest for good governance around the world – “telling it like it is” with the frankness that makes Australians so well-loved in so many nations.
A 7-point plan for restoring public confidence in Commonwealth whistleblower protection.
Urgent legislative reform is needed to support journalists and the level of press freedom a modern representative democracy like Australia should have.
The appointment of Christopher Pyne, former Minister of Defence, illustrates weaknesses in the regulation and oversight of the Ministerial Standards and the influence of lobbyists as a defining feature of Australia’s political landscape.
The events of this past week – involving a litany of crime and corruption scandals with possible links to Crown and other casinos – have demonstrated unequivocally that Australia needs a strong anti-corruption agency.
Transparency International Australia fully supports a Senate Inquiry to review the Ministerial Standards.
Reports today that Attorney-General Christian Porter is opening the door to reforms that better support our federal public servants to blow the whistle is welcome news.
We have written to the major parties asking what action they will take in the next parliament to strengthen parliamentary integrity and our democracy.