Australia’s funpark for felons leaves the nation vulnerable to hostile foreign powers

By Peter Hartcher, originally published by SMH on the 16th of February 2021. You could be forgiven for thinking that the Bergin report that damned Crown casinos last week was only about greed and crime. It was not. It’s bad enough that Crown casinos effectively had become bankers to some of the world’s worst crime… Read More

Interrogating government integrity

By Lisa Davies, originally published in Fairfax on the 12th of February 2021. Political donations, government grants programs, and allegations of pork-barrelling. It didn’t take long for 2021 to reveal a significant theme for this year – the integrity of our system of government. In mid-January, chief political correspondent David Crowe ignited this issue when… Read More

Federal Labor Party scrutiny on Crown donations after damning report

By Paul Sakkal, Patrick Hatch and Katina Curtis, originally published on the 11th of February 2021. The federal Labor Party will consider banning donations from Crown in light of a NSW report that found the company enabled money-laundering by criminals at its Melbourne casino. The company, which runs casinos in Melbourne and Perth, donated $1.78 million to federal political… Read More

Critics blame ‘sickening’ rules after hidden political donations worth $1 billion are revealed

By Tom Stayner, originally published by SBS on the 1st of February 2021. Critics are calling for an overhaul of Australia’s electoral finance laws after a new analysis revealed political parties had pocketed more than $1 billion in “hidden donations” over the past two decades.  The Centre for Public Integrity has warned that a creeping trend towards… Read More