To avoid sliding further down the corruption scale:
- We need greater transparency and stronger rules around political donations and lobbying;
- We need to value and strengthen the independence of public institutions that check against the abuse of power and misuse of public funds; and
- We need to value and empower the important role the public and the press play in keeping the government honest.
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SPOTLIGHT ON MONEY IN POLITICS
Across the world, there is a concerning popular perception that rich people buy elections.
The latest global corruption report points a finger squarely at the corrosive influence of money in politics. The murkier the political donations trail, the more corrupt a country tends to be. The more politicians consult with their friends and cronies rather than the broader public to inform their decisions, the more corrupt a country tends to be.
This year’s report has put Australia in 12th place, scoring 77 points on the 100-point scale. Since 2012, Australia has slid 8 points in Transparency International’s global corruption ranking.
While Australia still ranks among the world’s most corruption-free countries, for a number of years the very institutions that keep us honest have been sorely tested.
The 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International reveals that a majority of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption.