Over $55 billion in grants necessitates new scrutiny framework

A new framework for the administration of government grants is urgently required, according to new research by the Centre for Public Integrity. With over $55 billion in government grants distributed by the Morrison Government, and the Australian National Audit Office finding systemic problems with grant administration, greater scrutiny is vital. The research recommends a tripartite… Read More

A quarter of all donations from just 10 donors

Media release 1st February 2022 The most recent AEC donations disclosures confirm the need for urgent reform of our political finance system. The data shows that big donors are dominating the funding of our political parties, with almost a quarter of all donations coming from just 10 donors. Total donations 2020-21 $17,904,618 Top 10 donors… Read More

Who pays the piper? Political parties funded by associated entities and millionaires

Media release 31st January 2022 New research by the Centre for Public Integrity finds that the funding of our political parties is dominated by opaque associated entities and large donations over $1 million. Analysis of donations declared to the AEC over 22 years from 1998/1999-2019/2020 shows that: The Australian Labor Party was the largest fundraiser,… 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

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

Victorian Government avoiding scrutiny of COVID response

Media release 23rd June 2021. The Victorian Government is avoiding scrutiny of its COVID response, according to new research from the Centre for Public Integrity. The research finds: The COVID response has seen excessive power placed in the hands of individual Ministers and the Chief Health Officer; These powers have been exercised by public health… Read More

Stakeholders in consensus on CIC – not fit for purpose

Media release The Government is the only major supporter of its CIC bill, Analysis of major stakeholder’s submissions to the draft CIC bill show that there is virtually unanimous opposition to the CIC’s jurisdiction and powers. The Centre for Public Integrity analysed 18 organisation’s submissions and found that: No organisation supports the CIC’s split into… Read More

Independent Funding Tribunal required to stop political cuts to accountability institutions

Media release An Independent Funding Tribunal is required to ensure accountability institutions budgets remain safe from political meddling, according to new research from the Centre for Public Integrity. The Tribunal would follow the model set by the Remuneration Tribunal, including with the powers to inquire into and determine appropriate funding levels. The Centre’s research sets… Read More