This past year will be remembered around the world as the year in which disasters and emergency responses have dominated our news, our politics and our society. For Australia it has been a particularly tough period which has seen drought, bushfires and the Covid-19 pandemic afflict the country.
From the outset we knew that the risks of corruption, bribery, fraud, and misconduct could escalate – as they do in any crisis. In such times, transparency, accountability, and the public interest is more important than ever.
TIA has been active in highlighting the corruption risks associated with these unprecedented times. We spoke out about the importance of executive and emergency powers being limited in scope and time bound. We spoke out about the importance of maintaining regulatory oversight and due diligence to ensure projects are not fast-tracked at the expense of the community and the natural environment.
We continued our call for a national integrity commission that’s fit for purpose; our Accountable Mining Programme has continued to flourish in Australia and globally, and we have commenced new work to address corruption in infrastructure. New partnerships have been established and internationally we have forged closer linkages in the Asia Pacific region.