Political corruption

Report

21 Jul 2017

Evidence from Australian state based anti-corruption commissions show that the ability to hold public hearings have been critical to their success. Bodies that have regular public hearings as part of their investigations, such as NSW ICAC, are much more effective in investigating and exposing...

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Commentary

12 Jul 2017

Let’s be optimistic and say that it’s never too late to start restoring trust in politics and its practitioners. It is not as though we can return to some golden age of democracy, when voters considered politics an honourable and noble profession, because such an era never existed, at least not...

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Journal article

08 May 2017

In November 2015 the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill was passed by the New Zealand Parliament. An omnibus bill, it amended numerous different acts in relation to (among other things) money laundering, organised crime, corruption and bribery offences. One of its stated aims...

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Discussion paper

17 Mar 2017

This major paper, canvassing key issues for the design of a federal anti-corruption commission, has been released at National Integrity 2017, as part of a new assessment of Australia’s systems of integrity, accountability and anti-corruption.

Professor A J Brown, leader of the Australian...

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Audio program

01 Mar 2017

A corruption survey has revealed major concerns within the Australian population about perceived back-room deals between business and government.

Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer shows a serious lack of trust in business and political leaders across the country....

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Website

25 Jan 2017

Transparency International's latest corruption perceptions index shows more countries declined than improved in this year's results, showing the urgent need for committed action to thwart corruption.

Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year's index fall below the...

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Audio interview

16 Dec 2016

Disgraced former New South Wales Labor minister Eddie Obeid has spent his first night in jail.

Yesterday the former powerbroker was sentenced to five years in jail, with a minimum non-parole period of three years. In June, he was found guilty of misconduct in public office.

While...

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Audio program

16 Nov 2016

It's been a tough few weeks for the New South Wales Premier, with Mike Baird now being accused of watering down the powers of the state's crime and corruption watchdog. New South Wales' Parliament is debating laws which, if passed, will radically overhaul powers of the Independent Commission...

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Briefing paper

14 Nov 2016

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The notion of ‘organised crime’ typically conjures up images of criminal gangs. Some mafia and bikie gangs do operate in parts of the Pacific and have featured in local and international media. However, we argue that understanding the threat of organised crime in...

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Research report

30 Aug 2016

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Operation Spicer investigation has exposed prohibited donations, fund channelling and non-disclosures in the NSW Liberal Party’s 2011 state election campaign.

The Commission’s report, Investigation into NSW Liberal Party...

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Research report

28 Jul 2016

Between 2010 and 2015 the Liberal Party of Australia and the Queensland Liberal National Party accepted over two million dollars in political donations from mining companies seeking approval for six highly controversial mining projects in Queensland.

While these companies sought approval...

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Audio program

23 Jun 2016

With the election just over a week away, the Greens will today issue their demands in the event of a hung parliament.

Addressing the National Press Club, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale will announce that as part of any power sharing arrangement, the Greens will insist on a national anti-...

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Research report

08 Jun 2016

The purpose of this report is to draw attention to the types of low-level abuses of power that occur from time to time in local government, and are the subject of numerous complaints and protected disclosures investigated by the Victorian Ombudsman's office. The case studies presented here cover...

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Audio program

02 Jun 2016

The recent revelations of illegal donations to the New South Wales Liberal Party has once again shone a light on Australia's political financing laws.

Critics say these laws have led to a 'cowboy culture' of vote buying by the major parties.

A report being released today by the...

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Policy

18 Mar 2016

We need action to tackle corruption in politics. Across Australia, political donations from some of the most damaging industries have skyrocketed.

That’s why the Greens are working to ban donations from mining companies, property developers, big tobacco, alcohol and gambling industries....

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Briefing paper

01 Dec 2015

This report seeks to decenter the dominant discourse of criminality and gang-violence which has become wedded to Lyari Town, Karachi, Pakistan.

The study builds upon the insights and analyses of scholars who have sought to interrogate the state of affairs in Karachi but also deviates in...

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Research report

10 Nov 2015

Introduction: Money for nothing?

For some years the heavy reliance of both major Australian political parties on developer donations has been known 1. One developer (Jeff McCloy) memorably told the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC, 2014b. p.5328T) he...

Journal article

31 Oct 2015

The most curious and telling episode in more than four decades of Indonesia’s nuclear power planning was the nuclear establishment’s promotion of the tiny European country of Slovakia as an “inspiration” and national industrial partner for a proposed Bangka Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Between...

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Video interview

22 Sep 2015

As the FBI launches its investigation into the Malaysian 1MDB investment fund, Dr Amrita Malhi, a Malaysia expert from the University of South Australia, discusses why the fund was created, where it went wrong, and what the latest investigation might reveal.

Duration: 5min 41sec

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Commentary

Article

07 Aug 2015

A serious political crisis is playing out in Malaysia, with no certainty as to when, or whether, it will be resolved. At the heart of this crisis is Prime Minister Najib Razak, who recently shut down an investigation into his financial affairs by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC...

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