Watchful optimism about Victoria’s new pandemic bill

Written by Dr Catherine Williams (research director of the Centre for Public Integrity) Professor Gabrielle Appleby (Professor of Law, UNSW), Associate Professor William Partlett (University of Melbourne Law School) and Associate Professor Maria O’Sullivan (Associate Professor and deputy director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University). This article was originally published in the Age on… Read More

Maybe the Prime Minister doesn’t actually want to win?

Written by Dr Colleen Lewis. Dr Lewis is a member of the Centre’s National Integrity Committee and is an honorary professor at the ANU’s Australian Studies Institute. This article was originally published in the Canberra Times on Nov 30 2021 When reflecting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s statements in Federal Parliament last week, one could… Read More

The prime minister’s attack on the NSW ICAC is wholly unjustified

By Stephen Charles QC AO Director at the Centre for Public Integrity. Originally published in Pearls and Irritations on Nov 29 2021 The Coalition’s proposal for a national integrity commission shows an arrogant and contemptuous disdain for community demands such a body. Last week the prime minister made an extraordinary attack on the New South… Read More

Federal watchdog proposal a ‘sham’, intended to protect parliamentarians

Written by Centre for Public Integrity Board member Stephen Charles QC. Originally published in the Age November 9 2021. If not for an investigation by this masthead and Nine’s 60 Minutes program, alleged improper practices in the electorate office of a federal minister may never have faced public scrutiny. Information produced by the investigation into the electorate… Read More

‘Standards have slipped dramatically’: Integrity experts warn of more pork-barrelling

Former New South Wales Supreme Court judge Anthony Whealy says political “standards have slipped dramatically” to a point where the misuse of public funds has become normalised. Originally published 11 November 2021 for SBS news. Written by Tom Stayner There is nothing to stop pork-barrelling ahead of the next federal election, integrity experts have told a… Read More

Victoria’s controversial pandemic bill: 6 ways for the government to show it is serious about scrutiny

Written by Dr Catherine Williams, Professor Gabrielle Appleby, Associate Professor Maria O’Sullivan, Associate Professor William Partlett. Originally published in the Conversation on November 15 2021. Victoria’s Pandemic Management Bill, designed to replace the current state of emergency powers in pandemic emergencies, has swiftly become one of the state’s most polarising pieces of legislation. Amid the… Read More

Welcome changes: new pandemic laws worthy of cautious optimism

By Dr Catherine Williams Director of Research at the Centre for Public Integrity. Originally published in the Age on October 29 2021. The Victorian government’s new pandemic legislation was this week released – accidentally, initially – to a largely hostile reception. This appears at least in part to have been the result of the secrecy… Read More

Two-thirds of voters back federal corruption watchdog with stronger powers

Written by James Massola and originally published in the Age on October 31 More than two-thirds of Australians support the creation of a powerful federal anti-corruption watchdog, with Coalition voters slightly more in favour than those who support other parties. Changes designed to bolster the proposed watchdog’s powers look increasingly likely after criticism from legal… Read More