Powerful and well-resourced business groups, unions and not-for-profits are influencing policy in Australia to serve their interests, sometimes at the expense of the public interest. Stronger checks and balances on policy influence are needed, to make Australian politics cleaner and fairer.
This document, the second such plan devised for the nation, outlines the Australian government's aspirations for enhancing access to information, civic participation and public accountability in the digital age.
The Open Government Action Plan aims to transform the relationship between government and all the people it serves. The state sector reforms that have been proposed are aimed at making exciting and meaningful change to the way government works for citizens and engages with citizens....
The advice and information in this toolkit is drawn from the wisdom and experiences of parliamentarians and advocates. This is a collection of practical tips and policy building advice that will help you shape policy for the better.
The inquiry relates, in the first instance, to two interventions by the then Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, under section 195A of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).
This audit assessed whether selected councils effectively plan for and deliver cost efficient frontline services that meet community needs. It also benchmarked corporate services expenditure and examined how councils look for and achieve efficiencies in their corporate services.
Taxes in New Zealand have risen four times faster than incomes in the 20th Century. Taxes now take more of our income than in almost any country outside Europe. New Zealand has become a high tax country. This report looks at how good a job...
This resource offers insights into the connection between influence, amplification, monetization and radicalization, at a time when platform companies struggle to handle policies and standards for extremist influencers.
The Sino-Indonesian relationship is complicated. While there is a mutual economic requirement to maintain bilateral relations, China’s geopolitical imperatives and Indonesia’s suspicions, coupled with its underlying ethnic tensions, combine to constrain it.
The policy initiatives outlined in this document will provide every council and federal member with the opportunity to deliver tangible outcomes to every community in Australia.
Transparency International’s 2018 progress report is an independent assessment of the enforcement of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti-Bribery Convention, which requires parties to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials and introduce related measures.
This blog post highlights a newly published systematic analysis of published literature and also an examination of information on research funders available on the website of major transnational food and beverage companies.
The researchers examined the funding transpatrency of research projects and the research...
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness and value for money of Defence’s acquisition of light protected vehicles, under Defence project Land 121 Phase 4.
With public trust in government at an all-time low, it's time we prioritised political reform and put in place a comprehensive roadmap for effective, long-term change.
This quick guide provides a brief overview of the legislative and administrative changes to parliamentary business resources (as they are now known) and updates Parliamentary Library information showing the total remuneration of Members of Parliament, ministers and parliamentary office holders.
This review was aimed at identifying improvements that could be made to the classification system. The system is a set of policies and rules for identifying, marking, handling and controlling access to sensitive official information. The review also recommends a new approach to systematic declassification...
Since the Paris Climate Agreement solidified an “all hands on deck” approach to climate change, cities, regions and businesses have become key contributors to mitigation, adaptation and finance efforts. These actors are pledging a range of actions, from directly reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions...