AFR: Government exposed in sports rorts fallout

By Andrew Clark, originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 7th March 2020. A nation consumed with the coronavirus emergency may also soon connect with another political contagion infecting the Morrison government. The issue is the so-called sports rorts affair and the government’s resistance to a push for a tough ICAC-style federal anti-corruption body that… Read More

More than $100m donated to political parties from hidden sources in election year

By Christopher Knaus, originally published in the Guardian 11th February 2020. More than $100m in political donations from hidden sources was donated to the major parties during the election year, the greatest single amount in two decades. The Centre for Public Integrity has analysed the volume of so-called “dark money” – political party income with… Read More

RN Breakfast: Centre for Public Integrity prompts calls for creation of federal anti-corruption commission

Interview with Geoffrey Watson SC on RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly 11th February 2020. Llew O’Brien has been elected Deputy Speaker after defecting the Nationals party yesterday. The former Queensland police officer is a staunch supporter of a federal anti-corruption commission with strong powers. Calls for a so-called federal ICAC have intensified in recent weeks,… Read More

Opinion: McKenzie is the sacrificial lamb, but corruption runs deeper

By Stephen Charles, originally published Canberra Times 7th February 2020. If the Prime Minister thinks he has alleviated any public concerns that the Coalition government behaved improperly in the management of the sports grants program, or whether the only error was in Senator McKenzie’s membership of a Wangaratta shooting club, he is mistaken. Former judge… Read More

Liberal party received $4.1m in donations from property tycoon’s company

By Paul Karp and Chris Knaus, originally published in the Guardian 3rd February 2020. The Liberal party received $4.1m from a single donor before the 2019 election, one of the largest amounts in political history, dwarfing former leader Malcolm Turnbull’s $1.75m gift before the 2016 election. The donations, revealed in Australian Electoral Commission disclosures published… Read More