Launch of Australia's National Integrity System: The Blueprint for Action

Please join us for the launch of a landmark report outlining what needs to be done to strengthen Australian democracy – including a national integrity commission, greater protection for whistleblowers and press freedom.

30th November, 12.00 – 1.00pm 

TIA has been proud to be a lead partner in this Australian Research Council-funded assessment, and its comprehensive report findings. It outlines 10 actions in five focus areas for Australia’s governments and wider community to lift Australia’s performance in public sector corruption control.

The five focus areas are:
–    Build and implement a comprehensive national integrity plan
–    Establish a strong national integrity commission
–    Ensure trustworthy decision-making
–    Safeguard fair and honest democracy, and
–    Protect public interest whistleblowing.

The webinar launch will include opening comments by Chief Political Correspondent Ms Karen Middleton of The Saturday Paper, and a briefing from the lead author of the report Professor A. J. Brown, Griffith University. This will be followed by an expert panel discussion moderated by TIA CEO Ms Serena Lillywhite. Panellists include QLD Crime and Corruption Commission Chairman Mr Alan MacSporran QC and President of the Law Council of Australia, Ms Pauline Wright.

To register for the free webinar, proceed to the Registration Page for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.

Speakers

AJ Brown

PROFESSOR A.J. BROWN

TIA Board Member and report author

A.J. Brown is a board member of Transparency International Australia and a member of the Transparency International Global Board. He is a professor of public policy and law at Griffith University, Queensland, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

He was previously a senior investigator with the Commonwealth Ombudsman, a ministerial policy advisor in the Queensland Government, and an associate to President of the Queensland Supreme Court of Appeal.

He is a recognised expert in complex governance reform including integrity systems, public accountability and whistleblower protection, in Australia and internationally.

Karen Middleton

KAREN MIDDLETON

Chief Political Correspondent, The Saturday Paper

Ms Karen Middleton is the Chief Political Correspondent for Schwartz Media’s weekly newspaper, The Saturday Paper, and has covered national and international affairs for print and broadcast media for more than 30 years. She provides political analysis and commentary on both radio and television around Australia and abroad, including as a regular panelist on ABC TV’s Insiders program and on Network Ten’s The Project.

Karen has written extensively on issues of integrity and transparency in government. She is the author of two books. The political backstory to Australia’s longest war, An Unwinnable War – Australia in Afghanistan, was published in 2011, and her biography of the now Opposition Leader, Albanese – Telling it Straight, in 2016.

Alan MacSporran

Mr Alan MacSporran QC

QLD Crime and Corruption Commission Chairman

Mr Alan MacSporran QC has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-law in 1978 and was later appointed Senior Counsel in 2005 and Queen’s Counsel in 2013. Prior to joining the Crime and Corruption Commission, he practiced as a barrister for 38 years, his career spanning periods as a Crown Prosecutor and working on coronial inquests and commissions of inquiry.

From 2004 to 2009 Mr MacSporran served as the part-time Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Commissioner. Mr MacSporran is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Pauline Wright

Ms Pauline Wright

President of the Law Council of Australia
Ms Pauline Wright is the President of the Law Council of Australia. She is a partner/principal of PJ Donnellan & Co Solicitors on the NSW Central Coast and is an accredited specialist in Environmental Planning & Development Law. She was President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties in 2018 to 2019, only the second woman to be elected to that role. Pauline was President of the Law Society of NSW in 2017 after serving on the Council of the Law Society for many years, where she served as the long-term chair of the Environmental Planning & Development and Criminal Law committees. Pauline was the President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Central Coast Chapter from 2010 until 2016. She was appointed as a director of the Law Council of Australia in 2016, having sat on a number of key committees including National Criminal Law, Access to Justice and Equal Opportunity in the Law. She is a past Vice President of NSW Women Lawyers and Executive member of NSW Young Lawyers.

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