Category: Government integrity (page 1 of 2)

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

A Ban on Foreign Political Donations: Definitions, Scope and Constitutional Validity

BY YEE-FUI NG

The federal Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has recommended that foreign citizens and entities be banned from making political donations to political parties, associated entities (such as trade unions and dedicated fundraising bodies) and third parties … Read the rest

Administrative law and Centrelink’s “robodebt” system

BY MATTHEW BUTT

Centrelink’s new online system to streamline the identification and recovery of overpayments detected through data-matching became fully operational in July last year. It automatically sends a letter to current or former social security recipients in cases where … Read the rest

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

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