Media bite – ‘Any person’ could be probed by new corruption watchdog: Dreyfus

The Centre for Public Integrity’s chair, Anthony Whealy, has welcomed the government’s move to give the federal corruption watchdog the power to investigate anyone trying to induce public officials to engage in dishonest conduct, widening its scope to capture “third parties” in an effort to improve integrity in government. However, experts say the commission should… Read More

Crossbench concerns over narrow scope of national anti-corruption body

Days out from the likely release of the federal government’s anti-corruption bill, some key crossbenchers are raising concerns it might not be given the level of power they are looking for. Federal parliament will resume next week after a fortnight’s delay due to the death of the Queen, and the government will use the sitting… Read More

Scott Morrison’s secret ministries undermine public trust – and we should be deeply concerned

The secrecy and evasiveness of Morrison’s conduct is consistent with many of his attributes as prime minister. There can be little doubt that the issue of public and personal integrity permeated and ultimately overwhelmed the recent election. There was, except among the diehards, a general sigh of relief that nearly a decade of a government… Read More