Category: Government integrity

The UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism: A Comparative Retrospective

BY JESSIE BLACKBOURN

At the end of February 2017, David Anderson QC will step down from the position of Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in the UK after six years in the job. It is not yet known who will … Read the rest

The Brandis-Gleeson affair – what does “consultation” mean?

Andrew Edgar photo

By ANDREW EDGAR

The recent dispute between the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis QC, and the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson SC, related to the Legal Services Amendment (Solicitor-General Opinions) Direction 2016. The amendment required referral of legal issues to … Read the rest

The Dangers of Sunsets in National Security

Jessie-Nic photo BY JESSIE BLACKBOURN AND NICOLA MCGARRITY

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (the Monitor), Roger Gyles QC, is currently undertaking a review into the coercive questioning and detention powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). These powers are subject … Read the rest

Craig Thomson and the Limits of Parliamentary Accountability for Misconduct

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 11.08.33 amBY ALYSIA BLACKHAM AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

In March 2016, in what might have been the final stage of the ongoing Craig Thomson saga, the federal Parliament reprimanded Thomson after finding him in contempt for deliberately misleading Parliament. At a time … Read the rest

Public-Sector Whistleblowing and the Implied Freedom of Political Communication

RECENT POHOT - IMG_6847BY DANIELLE IRELAND-PIPER

Albert Einstein is reported to have observed that ‘the world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.’ Einstein reminds us of the importance … Read the rest

The last word on the public interest in FOI: Australia and the United Kingdom compared

JBannisterBY JUDITH BANNISTER

Freedom of information (FOI) reform has often been slow in Australia. There was a decade (and a change of government) between Gough Whitlam’s 1972 election promise of freedom of information and the passing of the Commonwealth’s Freedom Read the rest

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