Category: Government integrity (page 1 of 2)

Two questions about the powers of anti-corruption commissions

BY GRANT HOOLE

On the 28th of February 2018, little more than two weeks before South Australian voters went to the polls to elect a new Liberal government, the state’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption released a blistering report on … Read the rest

Robo-Debt Illegality: A Failure of Rule of Law Protections?

BY TERRY CARNEY

Robo-debts lack any legal foundation

Nearly two years after social security’s popularly-called ‘robo-debts’ began to be raised without any adequate proofs, Australia’s much vaunted justice machinery has failed to expose the emperor’s lack of (legal) clothes.

The … Read the rest

Wilkie v Commonwealth: A Retreat to Combet over the Bones of Pape, Williams, and Responsible Government

BY ANNE TWOMEY

Such was the interest in the High Court’s judgment in Wilkie v Commonwealth and Australian Marriage Equality Ltd v Minister for Finance [2017] HCA 40 (hereafter ‘Wilkie’) that it caused the High Court’s web-site to … Read the rest

Council Amalgamations in NSW: A Study in How Not to Tackle Hard Policy

BY LYNSEY BLAYDEN

On 27 July 2017, after an 18-month long battle fought on various fronts, including through the courts, the NSW Premier, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian, announced that the government would not proceed with all remaining proposed amalgamations of … Read the rest

Mistake to consolidate Premier and Attorney-General portfolios

BY BRENDAN GOGARTY

Last week’s Cabinet reshuffle in Tasmania might have passed by mainland Australians. It was one made in clearly ‘challenging circumstances‘ for the Government; with one Cabinet Minister quitting politics for family reasons and the other … Read the rest

‘Anti-corruption’, water and the Basin Plan

BY BRUCE LINDSAY

Water management and decision-making is vulnerable to lobbying by powerful commercial interests, as was illustrated recently by the ABC Four Corners investigation into NSW water management. Even where such conduct cannot be categorised as corrupt in … Read the rest

The 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Plebisurvey: Issues and Controversies

BY MICHAEL MALEY

On 9 August 2017, a government move to restore to the Senate Notice Paper the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 was voted down.  Had the Bill been passed, it would have provided for the conduct by the … Read the rest

A new federal integrity system in the making? The case for a Commonwealth anti-corruption agency

BY A J BROWN

Will Australia continue to evolve towards a general-purpose, stand-alone anti-corruption agency at the federal level?  Does it need to?

Important light on both questions is about to be shed by two events: publication of the report … Read the rest

Australia’s commitment to open government reform

BY PETER TIMMINS

The voters aren’t happy.

While there is no single antidote for this winter of discontent, the way government governs is a contributing factor.

The government tells us that belief in democracy is a shared Australian value and … Read the rest

Close of Day

BY TONY BLACKSHIELD

Bob Day’s financial problems came to a head through the collapse of the South Australian division of his company Homestead Homes. His constitutional problems arose through his insistence on having his Senate electoral office in his own … Read the rest

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