Accountability deficit: $1.4 billion in funding cuts to accountability institutions since 2010

Analysis by the Centre for Public Integrity has found that funding of accountability institutions has been cut dramatically in the past ten years. The research finds: Total funding of accountability institutions has been cut by $1.4 billion in real terms since 2010, down from $4.8 billion to $3.4 billion Percentage of budget allocation to accountability… Read More

Unchecked executive power needs to be reined in – former judge

Media release 10 July 2020. Individual Ministers are bypassing Parliament and making major policy decisions, according to a new submission from the Centre for Public Integrity published today. The submission finds: The response to COVID-19 has concentrated executive power Major decisions of policy and spending are being determined by individual Ministers, bypassing Parliament via delegated… Read More

Media release: Somyurek scandals shows need for a National Integrity Commission and a stronger IBAC

The Centre for Public Integrity is today calling for stronger corruption investigation capacity in Victoria and federally, in response to the revelations involving branch stacking by former Victorian Minister Adem Somyurek. “The revelations involving Adem Somyurek highlight the need for stronger corruption investigation capacity at a state and federal level,” said Geoffrey Watson SC. “Victoria’s… Read More

Joint statement on Covid Coordination Commission

Today, a former NSW Court of Appeal judge Anthony Whealy QC, and law and integrity groups, are calling on the Prime Minister to establish greater transparency and integrity measures for the opaque and unaccountable National Covid Coordination Commission (NCCC) and its Manufacturing Working Group, ahead of the Commission’s appearance at Covid Select Senate Committee hearings.… Read More

Letter to PM – Parliament must resume

To Prime Minister Scott Morrison, We are concerned with ensuring greater parliamentary scrutiny and safeguarding democratic processes in relation to the government’s response to COVID-19. Normal Parliamentary sittings have been adjourned until August. Individual Ministers have been given the power to allocate multi-billion dollar discretionary funds and write the rules for major policy response programs.… Read More

Hidden money in politics: What the AEC disclosures won’t show us

Media release 11 February 2020. A new briefing paper released by The Centre for Public Integrity today shows that vast amounts of money potentially influencing last year’s federal election will not be disclosed to the public. Annual returns released on Monday by the Australian Electoral Commission will only cover some donations to political parties and… Read More

MR: “Accountability institutions are under attack” – former integrity officials call for greater independence, funding and powers

Media release 29th October 2019 Former integrity officials today launched 10 reform principles to strengthen accountability institutions, in the wake of ongoing attacks on the judiciary, the media, corruption commissions, and other important agencies. Former judge Paul Stein AM QC, former Independent Security Legislation Monitor Bret Walker SC, former ABC journalist Quentin Dempster AM, and… Read More

Corruption experts welcome Queensland donations reform

Media release 29th October 2019 Leading corruption experts and former judges today welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of electoral reform. Reforms include caps on electoral expenditure and donations, and increasing public funding, which aligns with The Centre for Public Integrity’s 15 Point Plan to eliminate the undue influence of money in politics. “The Centre for… Read More