Last week, the Coalition and Labor passed laws that make it easier for property developers to make political donations.
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Australia is a step closer to finally having a federal anti-corruption agency. Attorney-General Christian Porter has released draft legislation designed to set up a Commonwealth Integrity Commission.
Independent MP Helen Haines’s bill will likely not pass without the government’s support, but it proposes a robust body with suitable accountability mechanisms. It’s worth serious consideration.
Scott Morrison’s response to Christine Holgate’s evidence before Senate estimates has show the government can respond to integrity issues, if it wants to.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has had a trying week following her appearance before ICAC, with federal and state colleagues having to choose a side.
As disgraced MP Daryl Maguire gives evidence to ICAC, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s future appears ever shakier. She would hardly be the first to fall in the state’s sordid political history.
News of the NSW premier’s ‘close personal relationship’ with a former MP under investigation by ICAC is a hit to her hitherto squeaky clean public persona.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has admitted having a relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire, which she only ended recently, despite his being forced to quit state parliament in 2018.
The review will be led by Michael Lavarch - who was attorney-general in the Keating government - and will be in two stages.
Jodi McKay and Anthony Albanese have announced an inquiry into the head office of the NSW ALP, following shocking revelations about scandals in the handling of donations.
Sam Dastyari advised Murnain to go to the party’s lawyer as donations from property developers are illegal under the NSW law.
The NSW Labor party’s general secretary Kaila Murnain was suspended on Wednesday night after sensational evidence about an alleged $100,000 donation from Chinese property developer Huang Xiangmo.
The National Integrity Commission was the specific announcement in Bill Shorten’s Tuesday National Press Club address.
Bill Shorten said a proposed National Integrity Commission would operate ‘as a standing royal commission into serious and systematic corruption’.
Jacqui Lambie has released a policy on lobbying that has become the starting point for negotiations on the issue.
Giving Australia’s lobbying laws teeth, and a sizeable regulatory jaw to occasionally brandish them, is a major step in the right direction.
Gladys Berejiklian was elected unopposed to lead the NSW Liberal Party and become the state’s next premier.
Gladys Berejiklian becomes NSW premier with a great deal of experience, but she needs to overcome several problems – internal and external – to arrest sliding polls.
The Greens have renewed calls for a federal body to investigate corruption in politics.
A federal ICAC will not solve the sorts of problems Australian politicians have recently embroiled themselves in.
Former police minister Mike Gallacher is one of a number of current and former MPs to be caught up in Operation Spicer.
There are a few necessary ingredients for the effective regulation of any political donations system.
The NSW Electoral Commission’s withholding of public funding to the NSW Liberal Party may yet again imperil Arthur Sinodinos.
What does the latest donations scandal enveloping the NSW Liberal Party say about the trajectory of political finance regulation and enforcement?
The High Court unanimously accepted that limits on donations to parties and candidates are constitutional.
Constitutional judges are best seen as backstops, not as activists for one value like liberty over others like integrity and equality.
International students provide universities with a large chunk of their revenue - but at what cost?
A new report from the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption says Australian universities have become increasingly reliant on income from fee-paying international students, and is letting academic standards slide for the valuable income stream.
The investigation that brought down the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, is one of several that has put the powers of ICAC in the spotlight.
ICAC has claimed some high-profile scalps, prompting some claims that the watchdog is out of control. Yet our new research shows 99% of complaints don’t proceed to a formal investigation.
The High Court has upheld a NSW Court of Appeal decision that ICAC had no power to investigate Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.
The High Court has decided ICAC did not have the power to investigate a NSW Crown prosecutor, so the commission will have to review investigations involving the conduct of private individuals.