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  • The latest proposal for a national integrity commission

    Posted 10/12/2013 by Cat Barker
    Image source: Tasmanian Government
    On 13 November 2013, the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne, introduced the National Integrity Commission Bill 2013 (NIC Bill). The Australian Greens have long advocated for a national integrity commission to investigate claims of misconduct and corruption across the Federal Parliament and Commonwealth agencies. The NIC Bill is very similar to a Bill introduced by Senator Bob Brown in June 2010 and reintroduced when Parliament reconvened after the August 2010 election, and ... Read more...

    TAGS: corruption, integrity

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  • It's International Anti-Corruption Day: How does Australia measure up?

    Posted 9/12/2013 by Cat Barker
    Ahead of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, Transparency International released its latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI allocates countries a score from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) based on the perceived extent of public sector corruption as measured by a number of data sources (13 in 2013)—principally surveys of corruption and business experts. Australia’s score dropped from 85 in 2012 to 81 in 2013, and its ranking from seventh to ninth out of 177... Read more...

    TAGS: corruption, customs, foreign bribery

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  • Australia’s efforts against foreign bribery – an update

    Posted 1/11/2012 by Cat Barker
    Image source: Small Business NSW
    The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its latest assessment of Australia’s implementation of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (Anti-Bribery Convention) in October 2012. Outlined below is an overview of the positive and negative findings and their implications for the Australian Government.The Anti-Bribery Convention was adopted in 1997 to address the widespread phenomenon of bribery in... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Federal Police, corruption, foreign bribery, OECD

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  • Australia’s performance against Anti-corruption treaty reviewed

    Posted 9/07/2012 by Cat Barker
    Image source: Commonwealth Ombudsman
    Australia signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in December 2003 and ratified it two years later.  A summary of the findings of the first review of Australia’s implementation of the UNCAC was released on 18 June 2012.  The review of chapters III and IV of the UNCAC coincided with the Australian Government’s development of the country’s first National Anti-Corruption Plan.  While the findings were largely positive, the reviewers also identified several challenges and are... Read more...

    TAGS: corruption, OECD, United Nations

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