Government’s broken promise on integrity commission

Media release 12 May 2021 Corruption experts have raised concern over the Government’s broken promise to establish an integrity commission before the next election. The 2021-22 Federal Budget provides zero funding and zero staff for the Commonwealth Integrity Commission, despite being announced 2.5 years ago. “Australia urgently needs a National Integrity Commission. The Government has… Read More

Mates getting plum government jobs? There must be an election coming up

By Jenna Price, originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald 4th May 2021. Seriously, this is the worst. In the last five months, 13 former Liberal MPs and political staffers have been appointed to federal government jobs. Don’t imagine it’s a burst of recent activity though. By 2019, the Liberal government had managed to appoint… Read More

Leppington triangle: Coalition’s $30m purchase of airport land ‘incompetent or corrupt’

By Michael McGowan, originally published in the Guardian 29th April 2021. The federal government’s controversial $30m purchase of the Leppington triangle site was either the result of “gross incompetence or corruption”, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. Geoffrey Watson SC, the director of the Centre of Public Integrity, told a Senate inquiry the purchase of a… Read More

Commonwealth Procurement Rules unenforced and ineffective – new analysis

Media release 29 April 2021. Land procurement at Western Sydney Airport is exempt from oversight under the procurement rules, according to a new submission to the inquiry. Analysis from the Centre for Public Integrity has found that enforcement and accountability of CPRs is largely ineffective. Although the Act provides for judicial review of alleged contraventions… Read More

‘Deeply concerning’: government consultant made millions from NSW environmental offsets

By Lisa Cox, originally published in the Guardian 28 April 2021. An environmental consultant who holds interests in a property that made more than $40m selling conservation offsets to governments is part of a consortium that has made tens of millions of dollars more, Guardian Australia can reveal. Steven House is a former director of… Read More

Warning over political donors as minister rejects claim he favoured gas

By Mike Foley, originally published in the SMH on 12th April 2021. An anti-corruption advocate has warned political donations are undermining public confidence in plans for a gas-fired economic recovery, as Energy Minister Angus Taylor rejects an allegation he pressured an energy agency to alter its modelling to favour gas. The Centre for Public Integrity’s… Read More

Calls for urgent integrity review of public transport amid IBAC probe

By Timna Jacks, originally published in the Age 3rd April 2021. A former counsel assisting NSW’s anti-corruption watchdog has joined the Victorian opposition in calling for an urgent, wide-ranging audit of Victoria’s public transport contracts in the wake of allegations of serious corruption on Melbourne’s railways. Six months after the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission launched… Read More

Fed gas plan ignites investors, critics

By Marion Rae, originally published by the Newcastle Herald on 1 April 2021. Business leaders are being wooed to bankroll the federal government’s gas-fired recovery plan but critics argue the lack of rules or criteria make it ripe for rorting. Now under the wing of new Industry Minister Christian Porter, the plan also enlists Resources… Read More

Former corruption commissioner blasts NSW cuts to integrity agencies as ‘alarming’

By Christopher Knaus, originally published on the 25th of March 2021. A former New South Wales anti-corruption commissioner has slammed the state government’s plan to cut $14m from five key integrity agencies, describing it as “alarming”. Responses to budget estimates on Wednesday showed the Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) and the NSW ombudsman both face cuts of $3.4m, while… Read More