Australia’s federal lobbying regulation is weak compared with both international and state and territory standards. Revolving door cooling-off periods are rarely enforced and carry no real punishments.
On the back of War on Waste and Fight for Planet A, Craig Reucassel has partnered up with comedian Christiaan Van Vuuren to make the feature documentary Big Deal: Is our democracy for sale?
The Finance and Public Administration References Committee’s held an inquiry into the administration and expenditure of funding under The Urban Congestion Fund.
Federal Ministerial Standards and political integrity are once again put to the test with conflicts of interest and undue influence at risk.
A corruption risk is created if a mining company can disproportionately influence policy makers and shape policy decisions for commercial gain.
Australia’s National Integrity System: The Blueprint for Action shows us how we can build a stronger, fairer and more accountable system of government.
We need greater transparency over lobbying, checks on undue influence and a code of conduct for parliamentarians to make sure decisions are fair and honest.
We need caps on political campaign expenditure, donation limits and real-time disclosure for donations and sanctions against misleading campaign conduct.
This comprehensive blueprint looks at Australia’s whole framework of integrity institutions and shows us how we can act to make our system better.
This Index assesses businesses on how transparent they are in their political engagement – including donations to political parties, lobbying of those in power, the revolving door, public commitment to ethical behaviour and the overall transparency of this information. While focused on the UK, it provides useful guidance on principles for responsible political engagement.