The Australian government is addressing the aftermath of a scandal involving consultancy firm PwC, after a former partner was found to have shared confidential tax policy information. This breach has triggered a response from the Centre for Public Integrity, Australia’s leading anti-corruption think tank, highlighting a 400% surge in contracts with the “big four” consultancies over the past decade. The actions of PwC have been termed as an “outrageous” breach of trust by Finance Minister Katy Gallagher, leading to a broader discussion on the reliance on consultants. The scandal has led to an investigation into PwC’s governance, culture, and accountability, and the matter has been referred to the Australian Federal Police. It has also spurred lawmakers to consider imposing multi-million dollar penalties on businesses that disclose confidential government information. Amidst calls to ban such contracts, officials caution against potential legal repercussions of abruptly terminating existing contracts.

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