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

Media release: Former judges call for donations and lobbying reform in the wake of 2019 election

Former judges and leading experts today called for caps on electoral expenditure, real time disclosure of donations over $1000 and tighter post-separation employment restrictions as priority reforms in the wake of the 2019 election. Former judge and Chair of The Centre for Public Integrity, the Hon Anthony Whealy QC, joined with Melbourne Law Professor Joo… Read More

Government fails to support effective national integrity commission

A strong and independent National Integrity Commission is urgently needed to begin restoring public trust in government. The recent scandal involving Crown Casino provides ample evidence of the gaps in our current integrity system. No existing agency has the ability to effectively investigate and expose allegations of corruption involving federal government at all levels. The… Read More