Grace Tame criticises handling of Christian Porter’s resignation

Originally published by SBS news 20 September 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame has criticised the handling of Christian Porter’s resignation as a minister, suggesting his departure from cabinet over the use of a trust fund sends the wrong message. Mr Porter resigned from the government frontbench on Sunday after revealing his decision to… Read More

Transparency expert dismisses claims MPs don’t have to declare source of gifts

By Paul Karp originally published in the Guardian 21 September 2021 Labor and transparency experts have rubbished claims that MPs and senators may not be required to declare the source of gifts, a loophole that could make further action against Christian Porter more difficult. Porter resigned from the Morrison government ministry on Sunday, but Labor… Read More

Source of $1.5 billion in party income hidden from public view

Media release New research from the Centre for Public Integrity shows hidden money continues to fund our democracy. Analysis of the latest AEC figures shows: The source of $49.55 million in party income was hidden from public view in 2019-2020 The total dark money since 1999 is $1.5 billion More money is hidden in election… Read More

Christian Porter reveals part of legal fees paid by blind trust with funds from unknown source

By Paul Karp, originally published in the Guardian, 14 September 2021. Christian Porter has revealed that part of his defamation legal fees were paid by a blind trust with funds from an unknown source. The industry and science minister updated his register of interests on Monday, revealing that the Legal Services Trust had paid part… Read More

Calls grow for Victorian Parliament to move online as COVID-19 lockdown drags on

By Bridget Rollason, originally published on ABC News 14 September 2021. The Victorian government has had legal advice for more than a year that State Parliament can sit online, but hasn’t acted on it. Key points: Legal advice has found Victoria’s Parliament can function online Two sitting weeks have been suspended to comply with COVID-19 restrictions The… Read More

Parliamentary democracy at risk from COVID borders

The limited ability for MPs to participate in Parliament online is putting our Parliamentary democracy at risk, according to former judges and accountability experts. The Centre for Public Integrity has published new research that finds: Current Parliamentary procedures allow limited online participation for MPs, with no ability to table bills or amendments, make speeches or… Read More

Grant administration needs overhaul, experts propose 3 crucial reforms

Media release 3rd August 2021. Australia’s system of administering grants is broken and needs systemic reform, according to new research by the Centre for Public Integrity. The research finds that 100% of grant programs audited by the ANAO since 2019 were found to be flawed, with problems identified ranging from minor areas for improvement to… Read More

‘Ministers have too much control’: $10b in taxpayer funds put at risk

By David Crowe, originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald 3rd August 2021. Federal funds are being put at risk in schemes handing out more than $10 billion with inadequate checks on ministerial power, according to a new study of programs ranging from job projects to commuter car parks. At least eight schemes have fallen… Read More

Liberal party donor’s revenue from uncontested contracts for offshore processing rises to $1.5bn

By Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus, originally published in the Guardian 21st July 2021. Canstruct International, the Brisbane company and Liberal party donor running Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru, has won another uncontested contract extension – $180m over six months – bringing its total revenue from island contracts over the past five years to… Read More

Regulations governing conduct of Australia’s federal MPs are weakest of comparable nations, study finds

By Christopher Knaus, originally published in the Guardian 12th July 2021. The failure to implement a parliamentary code of conduct has made Australia’s regulation of federal politicians’ conduct the weakest among comparable nations, research has found. Unlike the United Kingdom and Canada, Australia lacks any enforceable code governing the behaviour of MPs, and unlike New… Read More