Australia, we have a problem
Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index shows Australia’s ranking on the global corruption scale has been steadily falling steadily since 2012.
As TIA CEO, Serena Lillywhite said “Transparency International Australia has been sounding the alarm on Australia’s deteriorating global corruption standing for years. The latest results point to systemic failings to tackle corruption, foreign bribery and strengthen political integrity.”
This year’s CPI report has put Australia in 18th place, scoring 73 points on the 100-point scale. This is Australia’s worst score on record.
Countless political scandals – from ‘sports rorts’ to travel rorts, questionable political donations, revolving doors, conflicts of interest and undue influence – have all demonstrated the weaknesses of our national integrity system, the looseness of our parliamentary standards, and the reason for the public’s falling trust in politicians.
- – We found 85% of Australians believe that at least some federal members of parliament are corrupt.
- – Australians’ faith in democracy has been plummeting: trust in democracy in Australia has fallen from 86% in 2007 to 41% in 2018.
- – Twenty years ago, 70% of Australians felt their vote made a difference. Now, only 58% do.
- – The Museum of Australian Democracy’s research finds that if nothing is done by 2025 and current trends continue, ‘fewer than 10% of Australians will trust their politicians and political institutions – resulting in ineffective and illegitimate government and declining social and economic wellbeing.