The Centre for Public Integrity is an independent think tank dedicated to preventing corruption, protecting the integrity of our accountability institutions, reining in executive power, and eliminating the undue influence of big money in politics in Australia.

The Centre for Public Integrity’s work is only possible due to the voluntary service that some of the nation’s leading academic and legal minds donate to our board and expert project committees.

Board of Directors

The Centre for Public Integrity - Anthony Whealy

The Hon Anthony Whealy KC

Chair of the Centre for Public Integrity. Former New South Wales Court of Appeals Judge. Former assistant commissioner to the NSW ICAC. Consultant at Judicial Commission of NSW. Commissioner at NSW Law Reform Commission.

Pamela Tate AM KC

The Hon Pamela Tate AM KC

Adjunct Professor of Law at Monash University. Former Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Former Solicitor-General of Victoria. Former director of the Australian Academy of Law. 

Tham, Joo-Cheong

Professor Joo Cheong Tham

Professor at Melbourne Law School. Director of the Electoral Regulation Research Network. Deputy Chair of the Migrant Workers Centre. Research focus: regulation of precarious work, migrant labour, and the role of money in politics

Professor Gabrielle Appleby

Professor at the University of New South Wales. Director of The Judiciary Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Expertise: role, powers, and accountability of the executive; parliamentary law and practice; the integrity of the judicial branch.

The Centre for Public Integrity - George Williams

Professor George Williams AO

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning and Assurance, Anthony Mason Professor and a Scientia Professor at UNSW. Past Dean of UNSW Law and held an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. Author and editor of 37 books, including “Australian Constitutional Law and Theory.”

The Centre for Public Integrity - Stephen Charles

The Hon Stephen Charles AO KC

Former Judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal. Past Chair of the Victorian Bar. Past President of the Australian Bar Association. Founding Director of the Centre for Public Integrity. C0-author of “Keeping Them Honest” (2022) with Research Director at the Centre, Dr Catherine Williams.

The Centre for Public Integrity - Geoffrey Watson

Geoffrey Watson SC

Senior Counsel specialising in anti-corruption, product liability, professional negligence, general insurance. Was the counsel assisting in public inquiries investigating corruption amongst New South Wales politicians and police misconduct. Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Former Directors

The Hon Tony Fitzgerald AC KC

Founding Chair of the Centre for Public Integrity. Former President of the Queensland Court of Appeal, former Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Youngest appointee to the Federal Court of Australia. Presided over the landmark Fitzgerald inquiry.

The Hon David Ipp AO QC

South African-born Australian lawyer, Judge and Commissioner of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption between 2009 and 2014. Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Read our tribute to the late David Ipp QC here.

Quentin Dempster AM

Former director of the ABC. Former Chair of the Walkley Foundation. Author of “Honest Cops, Whistleblowers and Death Struggle.” Writer and Producer of the acclaimed documentary “The Sunshine System.” Awarded the Walkley Award for outstanding contribution to journalism.

The Honourable Paul Stein AM KC

The Hon Paul Stein AM KC

Former Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Past Chair of the Australian Consumers Association, NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Board of Governors of the NSW Law and Justice Foundation.

Bret Walker SC
Bret Walker AO FAAL SC

Past President of the NSW Bar Association and Governor of the Law Foundation of NSW. Founding member and active director of the Australian Academy of Law. Editor of the NSW Law Reports. Mr Walker has been appointed to several inquiries as a Commissioner,

The Centre for Public Integrity - Geoffrey Watson

Geoffrey Watson SC

Senior Counsel specialising in anti-corruption, product liability, professional negligence, general insurance. Was the counsel assisting in public inquiries investigating corruption amongst New South Wales politicians and police misconduct. Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Richard Beasley SC

Commissioner for the Murray River 2022-now. Previously Senior Counsel Assisting the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission. Author of several novels and the non-fiction work “Dead in the Water.” NB Richard is on a temporary leave of absence while he is completing a NSW government inquiry.

The Hon Robert Redlich AM, KC

Commissioner of the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (2018-2022). Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Court of Appeal. 

The Hon Pamela Tate AM KC

Adjunct Professor of Law at Monash University. Former Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Former Solicitor-General of Victoria. Former director of the Australian Academy of Law. 

Professor Rebecca Ananian Welsh

Associate Professor Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

Associate Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. Editor of the University of Queensland Law Journal. Research expertise: courts, national security, and press freedom. Co-authored ‘The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s Greatest Judicial Crisis.’ 

Professor Gabrielle Appleby

Professor at the University of New South Wales. Director of The Judiciary Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Expertise: role, powers, and accountability of the executive; parliamentary law and practice; the integrity of the judicial branch.

Professor Michael Crommelin AO

Dean of the Melbourne Law School from 1989 to 2007. President of AMPLA (the Australian Mineral and Petroleum Law Association). Published extensively in energy and resources law, constitutional law, and comparative law.

Associate professor Yi Fui

Associate Professor Yee-Fui Ng

Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation at Monash University. 2021-22 Fulbright Scholar. Author of “The Rise of Political Advisors in the Westminster System” and  “Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context.” 

Peter Hall KC

The Hon Peter Hall KC

Chief Commissioner of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (2017-2022). Former ICAC Assistant Commissioner. Former NSW Supreme Court Judge. Author of “Investigating Corruption and Misconduct in Public Office: Commissions of Inquiry Powers and Procedures.”

Associate Professor William Partlett

Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School. Nonresident fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program, Foreign Policy Program, and Center for the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution. Published works include “Making Constitutions Matter: The Dangers of Constitutional Politics in Post-Authoritarian Constitution-Making.”

Rodrigo Praino

Associate Professor Rodrigo Praino

Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Flinders University. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and the Tall Poppy Science Award. Expert in decision-making, political behaviour, and elections. Founder of the Space Power and Policy Applied Research Consortium (SPPARC).

The Hon Michael Barker KC

Former Judge of the Western Australian Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia. Past President of the Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal. Non-Executive Director, Environmental Defenders Office Limited.

The Centre for Public Integrity - Anthony Whealy

The Hon Anthony Whealy KC

Chair of the Centre for Public Integrity. Former New South Wales Court of Appeals Judge. Former assistant commissioner to the NSW ICAC. Consultant at Judicial Commission of NSW. Part-time Commissioner at NSW Law Reform Commission.

Tham, Joo-Cheong

Professor Joo Cheong Tham

Professor at Melbourne Law School. Director of the Electoral Regulation Research Network. Deputy Chair of the Migrant Workers Centre. Research focus: regulation of precarious work, migrant labour, and the role of money in politics

Professor Lisa Hill

Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Author of ten political science books, the most recent being the 2022 “Why and How to Regulate Political Disinformation.” Founding member of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit (UofA). Executive Committee and Management Committee member of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre.

Professor Rodney Smith

Professor Rodney Smith

Interim Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Widely published author on subjects such as Australian political parties and elections, political ethics and corruption, and hung parliaments in Westminster systems. Expertise in comparative federalism.

David Harper AM

The Hon David Harper AM

Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Court of Appeal. Former Judge in Residence at The University of Melbourne Law School. Former President of the Victorian Chapter of the International Commission of Jurists.

Professor Tim Prenzler

Professor of Criminology, School of Law & Society, University of the Sunshine Coast. Previously: Professor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Griffith University. Coordinator, Integrity Systems Project, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.

Sally Young

Professor Sally Young

Professor in Political Science. Previously a Coral Thomas Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Author of more than 40 research papers and a series of books, the most recent being “Media Monsters: The Transformation of Australia’s Newspaper Empires.”

Staff

Dr Catherine Williams

Executive Director

Bill Adamson

Communications Officer

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Michelle Zwagerman

Administration Officer

Mahalia McDaniel

Research Officer