Federal government ministers have been told to sell off shareholdings and divest from blind trust arrangements under a tough new code of conduct implemented by Anthony Albanese. Maintaining a ban on sex between ministers and their staff, the Prime Minister said frontbenchers would be held personally responsible for managing their private financial affairs and could… Read More
Lobbying is an undeniable reality of government decision-making in Australia, and the OECD has recognised that it can make a valuable contribution to the democratic process. It also cautions, however, that lobbying can lead to “undue influence, unfair competition and regulatory capture to the detriment of the public”.
Dr Catherine Williams is the Research Director of the CPI, this piece was originally published on the 4th of March 2021 in the Age. The maelstrom that has engulfed federal politics has left many wondering how on earth we ended up here. The allegations of sexual assaults and the failure of politicians to treat their own staff… Read More