Ken Coghill


Australia’s national integrity system: the blueprint for action

From greater transparency over political lobbying and donations, to stronger protection for whistleblowers, to a strong and independent anti-corruption watchdog, this document lays out the essential reforms Australia needs to drive greater transparency, government accountability and integrity.
Discussion paper

A National Integrity Commission – options for Australia

This options paper provides evidence to support the creation of a new, federal anti-corruption and integrity framework, based on an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing framework, and community awareness, perception and views on how well corruption is being addressed at all...

Auditing the independence of the auditor-general

The independence of the auditor-general is now accepted as one of the important elements of accountability in democratic parliamentary systems like Australia. How well does the independence of Australia's auditors-general measure up though? In this paper Ken Coghill assesses each Australian jurisdiction, focusing particularly on...

Question Time: Questionable Questioning with Few Answers

Ken Coghill asks: outrageous behaviour leading to "sin-binning", accusatory statements masquerading as questions, replies that do not answer, attacks on political opponents claiming to be answers to questions: is it any wonder Question Time is questioned as an accountability mechanism? Democracy requires that Question Time...