Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed a property he owns.
Politicians should be subject to a penalty regime similar to the far more stringent one that applies to company directors.
A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: “Kabila must leave without any conditions”.
Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens' wishes.
Philanthropic foundations are unlike other charities and not-for-profit organisations.
The current lack of transparency in Australian philanthropy raises ethical questions. Far from being a solely private activity, philanthropy needs greater public accountability.
Governments directly and indirectly control who is allowed to tell the refugees’ stories of how they are treated in offshore detention.
Successive Australian governments have dehumanised refugees and kept Australians in the dark about what really goes on in the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
Africa needs to structure better economic deals with China.
The Chinese £1bn investment in Sheffield, a former mining town in northern England, comes with valuable lessons about how Africa can maximise economic value in its dealings with China.
Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s successor faces the challenge of making the organisation more accountable.
The ‘functional immunity’ granted to UN officials made good sense when the body was founded after World War II. But as its organisational functions have expanded, so has this immunity.
An integrated reform blueprint for federal and state politics could comprise eight elements.
Political funding in Australia is governed by different rules for state (some of which do not require disclosure) and federal governments. And both levels suffer significant weaknesses.
When we look at cases of police corruption and abuses, we must ask: who do the police really serve?
Heads of state at an African Union session in Addis Ababa. They have signed up to a plan that envisages strengthening institutions and governance.
If the governing ANC ignores the calls for Zuma's resignation,it may undermine South Africa's leadership on the continent. It creates the idea that he can undermine the constitution with impunity.
Political funding is a fundamental public trust matter. It deserves to be debated at COAG.
Friday's COAG meeting is a perfect opportunity for politicians to govern in the public interest: and that should start with reforming political donations.
The review of MPs’ entitlements was instigated following Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation from the speakership.
Only with a robust entitlements system will a repeat of Bronwyn Bishop's “Choppergate” scandal be avoided.
Labor has accused Stuart Robert of breaching ministerial guidelines by misusing public office.
The principle underlying the ministerial standards is that ministers should uphold the public's trust as they wield a great deal of power deriving from their public office.
Modern video technology can make matters public, but accountability still depends on political processes to produce just outcomes.
Mobile video technology means outrageous behaviour and abuses can rapidly become public knowledge, but achieving just outcomes still depends on a political willingness to act on such knowledge.
Will we ever know what he knows?
The Iraq inquiry, launched in 2009, still hasn't published its report.
The new Australian Border Force conforms to the national security paradigm of combining maximum power with maximum secrecy.
The Australian Border Force is the culmination of the move towards militarised border security. This commenced in earnest with the introduction of Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013.
The Abbott government has hid asylum policy behind ‘operational matters’ since it took office – starting with then-immigration minister Scott Morrison in 2013.
The withholding of information about government actions in asylum seeker policy undermines its democratic accountability to the Australian people.
Tony Abbott opens the campaign office for Liberal candidate Ken Wyatt in 2010. Now he and all incumbent MPs enjoy a $300,000 advantage over their challengers at the next election.
'Better Communities' funding is supposedly non-partisan: every electorate gets $300,000 for local projects. But only incumbent MPs have a say in this spending and 60% of them are government members.
Notions of the ‘right to know’ forced Hillary Clinton to defend her use of a private email account as secretary of state - a far cry from the days when citizens didn’t even know how their representatives voted.
The idea of the right to know as the 'lifeblood of democracy' is a surprisingly modern development. And in an age when transparency is prized, privacy and secrecy can still be justified in many cases.
In the Anthropocene, human-driven forces are shaping the planet in ways that may risk the collapse of human civilisation.
The Anthropocene, as an epoch of human-driven planetary change, poses huge environmental and political problems. But it could also force us to develop proper ecological and democratic accountability.
John Howard sealed his fate by going too far with WorkChoices, but he got the balance right and succeeded with the GST reform.
The distinction between the global and the local is collapsing under the pressure of climate change, economic restructuring, global migration and jihadism on the one hand and the populist and information…