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International students provide universities with a large chunk of their revenue - but at what cost? Faungg/Flickr

Australian unis should take responsibility for corrupt practices in international education

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. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Are corruption watchdogs out of control? Their records say no

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.
Under former president Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan was little more than a ‘vertically integrated criminal organisation’, according to a new book. EPA/Parwiz Sabawoon

Book review: Thieves of State – Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Corruption can directly contribute to the growth of the very forces the world’s security agencies are desperately trying to contain and combat.
Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will ‘restore integrity and accountability’ in Queensland under her new minority Labor government – but can she and her Liberal National opponents work together to achieve that? AAP/John Pryke

Labor’s first test: putting integrity before politics in Queensland

It’s official: Labor is set to lead a minority government in Queensland, with the electoral commission finally declaring the results of the tight election, almost a fortnight after the January 31 poll…
The commitment of the current government to prosecuting corruption has proven unexpectedly far-reaching. AAP/EPA/Michael Reynolds

Lessons for business from China’s corruption crackdown

The change of leadership in China in 2012 brought with it an intensive crackdown on bribery and corruption, both at home and abroad. This has resulted in the downfall of numerous officials, both low and…
Football fixtures. Handover time for Blatter and Putin. Alexey Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremllin Pool

FIFA sheds sponsors as it heads into a dangerous decade

The news that three major sponsors have ceased their partnership with FIFA could potentially damage its reputation, and more importantly, its finances. Reports on Friday revealed that Castrol, Continental…
AAP/Daniel Munoz

Corruption in China: does it matter?

One of the more noteworthy features of Xi Jinping’s presidency has been his apparently genuine and effective efforts to crack down on corruption. Like everything else in China, the scale of the problem…
Dark dealings in Italy’s capital. Rosino

Politicians fiddling while Rome burns?

Italian politics has been rocked by a scandal in the country’s capital. Politicians stand accused of working within a pervasive and wide-reaching criminal network dubbed “Mafia Capitale” to skim money…
UK cleans up its act but what about finance? Shutterstock handshake

UK corruption down again but are we counting it right?

The UK is rarely seen as one of the world’s problem cases when it comes to corruption. It certainly talks a pretty good game. It has signed up, for example, to the major international anti-corruption treaties…
Under Ted Baillieu, the Coalition government set up an anti-corruption commission, but not the one promised in 2010. AAP/Julian Smith

How to turn IBAC into a corruption watchdog that works as promised

Before the 2010 election, the opposition – now the government – promised Victorians an anti-corruption commission. This was to be closely modelled on the New South Wales Independent Commission Against…

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