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

Government’s broken promise on integrity commission

Media release 12 May 2021 Corruption experts have raised concern over the Government’s broken promise to establish an integrity commission before the next election. The 2021-22 Federal Budget provides zero funding and zero staff for the Commonwealth Integrity Commission, despite being announced 2.5 years ago. “Australia urgently needs a National Integrity Commission. The Government has… Read More

Commonwealth Procurement Rules unenforced and ineffective – new analysis

Media release 29 April 2021. Land procurement at Western Sydney Airport is exempt from oversight under the procurement rules, according to a new submission to the inquiry. Analysis from the Centre for Public Integrity has found that enforcement and accountability of CPRs is largely ineffective. Although the Act provides for judicial review of alleged contraventions… Read More

Resources industry donated $136 million over 20 years

Media release 18 January 2021 New analysis of 20 years of AEC donation disclosures shows the resources industry is the largest donating industry to Australia’s political parties and campaigners. The research from the Centre for Public Integrity shows: The resources industry is the largest donating industry, making contributions 2.5 times greater than the property industry,… Read More

Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill – A sham designed to cover up corruption

Media release 2nd November Analysis by the Centre for Public Integrity of the Government’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill finds that while it has promised an organisation “with greater powers than a Royal Commission”, the reality is that what is has proposed is an organisation that is not fit for purpose. The following aspects of the Bill need to be… Read More

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