Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers has announced potential changes in government interaction with private sector consultants following the PwC scandal, though specifics are not yet released. The controversy arose when a PwC senior tax partner shared privileged information about tax reform, thereby enabling the design of tax arrangements to bypass the intended changes. This incident raises concerns about transparency and integrity within Australia’s consultant-government relations. Chalmers refused to confirm whether this would lead to a police investigation or a ban on PwC. Meanwhile, a report by the Centre for Public Integrity, Australia’s leading anti-corruption think tank, revealed that the ‘Big Four’ consulting firms have donated $4.2 million to the main political parties over the past decade, raising further questions about potential corruption. The report also highlights the significant growth in government contracts awarded to these firms, a 400% increase over the same period.
This summary comes from The Canberra Times, was written by Adrian Rollins, and can be found here.