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Keeping what is not rightfully one’s own reveals a lack of integrity and kindness. Mohammed Asad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

What are the ethics of giving back money that doesn’t belong to you?

Charles Schwab mistakenly transferred over $1.2 million to the account of a woman who then kept the money. Did she have a moral obligation to return it? An expert says the answer is not that simple.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked his department to probe whether Bridget McKenzie was in breach of ministerial standards in her handling of the sports grants program. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Why we need strong ethical standards for ministers – and better ways of enforcing them

Our government has grappled for years to devise ethical standards for ministers and other officials. But codes are only part of the answer – MPs must also take responsibility for their own conduct.
Kershaw has demonstrated he is not afraid of change and tackling integrity issues in his previous roles – traits that could serve him well in his new job. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Meet Reece Kershaw, the new AFP commissioner. He’s confronted superiors before, and will need to again

The new AFP commissioner faces challenges unlike those of his predecessors, such as ensuring the independence and integrity of the police force within the Home Affairs ministry.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife, speaks during a news conference. AP Photo/Steve Helber

Should we judge people for their past moral failings?

A philosopher argues that moral responsibility for past transgressions can actually change over time. The test lies in how deeply an individual has changed.
There are physical, emotional, mental and even business benefits to being virtuous, kind and acting with integrity. (Shutterstock)

Is it good for you to be good?

Research shows that virtue in all areas of life contributes to good physical, emotional, mental and interpersonal health. It is, in fact, good for you to be good.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game agaist Notre Dame. AP Photo/Robert Franklin

In scandal after scandal, NCAA takes fall for complicit colleges

If we think about universities as corporations and their sports teams as marketing tools, everything about the UNC academic scandal – and the nonresponse – makes perfect sense.

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