Ministerial conduct

Commentary

21 Feb 2020
0

Politically motivated funding decisions are dwarfing the controversy that claimed a minister.

Commentary

2 Feb 2020
11

It's much harder to remove a minister these days than it used to be – and there's no sign Bridget McKenzie's departure will prove a damaging blow for the Morrison Government.

Report

20 Jan 2020
6

This report reveals new information on the Commonwealth’s controversial purchase of water rights in the Condamine Balonne valley for $80 million in 2017.

Report

15 Jan 2020
187

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program was informed by an appropriate assessment process and sound advice.

Guide

8 Oct 2019
33

This handbook is designed to ensure that the Cabinet observes conventions and principles and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.

Submission

7 Oct 2019
100

In Australia, trust in government is at an all-time low. The are many causes of declining trust. Globalisation and cultural anxiety are part of the story, as is the changing media landscape. But the actions and inactions of politicians are also part of the problem....

Report

26 Sep 2019
41

This report recommends that, in light of the new information uncovered by the inquiry and media reporting, the Prime Minister should request the incoming Secretary of his Department to re-open the investigation of Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop, to determine if they have breached the...

Journal article

25 Sep 2019
173

More than one-third of people registered on the Australian government Register of Lobbyists have previously been government representatives. This article aims to explore the incidence of the ‘revolving door’ phenomenon, whereby individuals move between positions in government and positions in the Australian alcohol, food and...

Commentary

11 Sep 2019
15

Australian politics' 'revolving door' is undermining efforts to counter lobbying and potential corruption, and the regulation system is hopelessly flawed.

Discussion paper

7 May 2019
233

The Australia Institute has released this additional analysis of the controversial $80 million water deal between the Department of Agriculture and Water and a company domiciled in the Cayman Islands. The analysis shows the close collaboration between the department and the company selling the water,...

Report

30 Apr 2019
271

This publication provides a detailed overview of the Australian government’s approach to climate change since the election of the Liberal-National Coalition government in 2013. The period is characterised by cutting effective climate change programs, rejecting expert advice, ministers making publicly misleading claims, and a lack...

Report

Interpreting the responses to #Watergate by the Prime Minister and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
21 Apr 2019
144

The Australia Institute has released analysis of official responses to the 'Watergate' scandal surrounding Murray Darling water purchases, covered by The Project, Guardian and other media outlets.

Guide

12 Nov 2018
29

The Cabinet Handbook 12th edition is designed to ensure that the Cabinet observes conventions and principles and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.

Report

19 Sep 2018
79

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).

Commentary

1 Sep 2018
28

On any fair reading, the cases of the nannies don’t go anywhere near meeting the ministry's own guidelines for formal ministerial intervention.

Guide

30 Aug 2018
71

The Australian people deserve a government that will act with integrity and in the best interests of the people they serve. All Ministers and Assistant Ministers are expected to conduct themselves in line with standards established in this statement in order to maintain the trust...

Guide

21 Aug 2018
200

The Cabinet Handbook is designed to ensure that the Federal Cabinet observes conventions and principles and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.

Commentary

28 Mar 2018
22

Peter Brent asks would a stronger prime minister pull Peter Dutton into line?

Report

24 Feb 2018
135

The former Federal Water Minister, Barnaby Joyce, approved the $17 million purchase of water in the Warrego valley, after criticising the Labor government for the same thing. This was a deal that required amendments to the Basin Plan to later adjust Basin Plan limits between...

Guide

15 Feb 2018
315

Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries are entrusted with the conduct of public business and must act in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of integrity and propriety. The public, quite rightly, has high expectations of them, in terms of their personal conduct and...

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