The G20 and corruption: a slow start

27 Oct 2014

Can the G20 hope to make measurable progress in the fight against corruption?

With the heads of government and the central bankers from the world’s twenty biggest economies about to gather in Brisbane for the G20, the emerging signs of a faltering global economy will inevitably top the agenda. But the gathering will also consider a progress report on a 2010 commitment to fight corruption – perhaps the most ambitious project yet undertaken by the group.

The progress report is unlikely to reveal that the project has made much headway. With Australia occupying the rotating presidency of the G20 this year, attorney-general George Brandis conceded as much when he told an anti-corruption roundtable in February that the commitment to greater growth and global financial integrity remained “more pressing than ever” but the agenda “still has a long way to go.”

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