We talk a lot about corrupt behaviour in politics and holding wrong-doers to account. But there’s another problem: the need for politicians to have better values and standards in the first place.
National significance: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with fellow premiers and prime minister Anthony Albanese.
With one exception, it offers refreshing guidance to jurisdictions across Australia showing signs of complacency about integrity.
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Labor has proposed a robust commission with strong powers, coupled with checks and balances to ensure it does not abuse its powers.
Our experts rated the Coalition’s model as either very unsatisfactory or a fail. Most agreed Labor’s proposed model is much better, but said a lot more detail is needed.
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Whether it’s been the vaccine rollout, a federal ICAC, political scandals or the treatment of women, the Morrison government has had a shocking year. But will it pay for it in 2022?
There is a push within the Liberal party, backed by Scott Morrison, for former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to run for the seat of Warringah. As the Liberals are desperate to get this seat back from independent Zali Steggall.
The Coalition has made promises on whistleblower protection and must soon reveal its plan for a federal integrity commission. Now is the time for both parties to prove they can take real action.
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After two weeks of sensational Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings into the conduct of Gladys Berejiklian, we have finally heard from the former premier.
As the ICAC hearings in New South Wales are showing, the issue of integrity in Australian politics is a murky one that is rightly being held up to scrutiny.
There are three main differences between IBAC and ICAC, the Victorian and NSW bodies set up to combat government corruption.
University of Canberra Professional Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Associate Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics
Politics has forced the government into legislation for an integrity commission that won’t satisfy critics
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Former judge Stephen Charles slams government’s integrity commission model.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Former Victorian judge Stephen Charles as he attacks the weakness of the Morrison Governments model for an integrity commission
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The New South Wales ICAC’s remit has changed over the years to investigate more minor breaches by public officials. This can caused confusion and will undermine its effectiveness.
Word from The Hill: Signs are Scott Morrison wants to avoid Glasgow.
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with politics + society editor, Amanda Dunn
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The lack of responsibility in her resignation was uncharacteristic for a premier known for her clear policy objectives, accountability and delivery.
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Gladys Berejiklian will be remembered as premier of NSW for her resilience, level-headedness, crisis management skills, and administrative competence.
Bruce Lander, then-Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), appears before a SA parliamentary committee in 2018.
South Australia has shown other Australian jurisdictions what not to do with their anti-corruption bodies, especially the proposed federal integrity commission.
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Berejiklian said standing aside wasn’t an option for her because the NSW people ‘need certainty’ during the pandemic.
Last week, the Coalition and Labor passed laws that make it easier for property developers to make political donations.