Political corruption

Commentary

19 Sep 2017

Last week’s release of the Class A files of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into allegations against Justice Lionel Murphy reopened a longstanding controversy about the behaviour of the...

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Audio interview

14 Sep 2017

Lionel Murphy was a justice of the High Court, a Labor attorney-general and a political figure accused and acquitted of serious crimes.

He's one of the most polarising figures in Australian political history.

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Report

13 Sep 2017

This inquiry continues the work commenced by the Select Committee on the Establishment of a National Integrity Commission (2016 select committee) established during the 44th Parliament on 24 February 2016. The 2016 select committee tabled an interim report on 3 May 2016.

This report...

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Discussion paper

01 Sep 2017

New research shows that the mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.

The report finds that:

  • Total revenue of mining lobby groups over the last 10 years is $524,150,431, with
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18 Aug 2017

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate (the Inspectorate) has, over time, conducted a number of investigations at Central Goldfields Shire Council. Each case raised concerns with processes and management following the actions of individuals.

In August 2012,...

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Discussion paper

14 Aug 2017

No federal agency has the investigative powers or jurisdiction to expose corrupt conduct in the federal government and public sector.

A federal anti-corruption commission would fill the gaps in our integrity system and increase public trust in government. No federal agency has the...

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03 Aug 2017

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that former NSW minister for infrastructure Anthony Kelly and former members of Parliament, Edward Obeid Sr and Joseph Tripodi, engaged in serious corrupt conduct in relation to their actions concerning a public private...

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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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