While many of the amendments represent positive steps towards implementation of TI Australia’s previous submissions as well as the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (which we broadly support), many amendments are inconsistent with those recommendations.
TIA believes the present donations system in Australia represents a serious corruption of the political and democratic process.
We endorse the submissions to the Review made by the Open Government Partnership Network and Publish What You Pay.
We want to ensure public interest whistleblowing is facilitated, protected and acted on in Australia – as a key plank of corruption detection and resilience for organisations and employees alike, across the public, business and civil society sectors.
To ensure Australia has effective legal and institutional capacities for preventing, detecting, exposing and remedying (including by prosecution) official corruption and corruption risks at all levels of government – especially through appropriate independent agencies.
The Australia Government needs to ensure that the massive sums involved in public procurement are not vulnerable to corruption. It can do this by guaranteeing procurement information is accessible and that procurement processes are clearly specified and followed.
We want to ensure greater transparency and real time disclosure of political donations and funding – as a means of strengthening trust in Australian election processes and representative government.
We want to ensure Australia maintains important reforms aimed at ensuring effective citizen access to official information.
This report provides practical advice on addressing the challenges of managing political engagement. It is also designed to assist lobbyists, trade bodies, regulators, law-makers, investors, prosecuting agencies and professional advisers who may wish to refer to a TI position when forming their own approach and decisions.