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This section focusses on government accountability to the electorate. The most recent papers are listed first. You can search for articles by keyword, or search all Policy Papers from here by means of the dropdown menu. 

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'Accountability and the Law' Conference 2017

The Australia Institute is presenting the first 'Accountability and the Law' Conference at Parliament House, Canberra, on Thursday, 17 August ... More »

The case for holding politicians to the same disclosure standards as company directors

Bede Harris writes in The Conversation (16.3.17) that politicians should be subject to a penalty regime similar to the far more stringent ... More »

On political donations, Queensland sets the pace

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Graeme Orr, writes in Inside Story (13.3.17) about how, urged on by an ind... More »

An open letter from ABC Friends National President Margaret Reynolds to ABC Managing Director Michelle Gutherie

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate and ABC Friends National President, Margaret Reynolds, has penned an open letter to Michelle Guthrie, Managin... More »

'Real time' political donations reports to have seven-day delay

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (23.2.17) on details of the state government's new 'real time' political donations disclos... More »

National Integrity 2017 conference at Novotel Brisbane, 16-17 March

Transparency International Australia and Griffith University's Centre for Governance and Public Policy will co-host the first biennial Nationa... More »

Explained: Politicians' entitlements rules and why they're under fire

The ABC's Henry Belot and Stephanie Anderson report on the federal parliamentary system of MPs' entitlements, in the wake of revelations that Healt... More »

Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan: draft for consultation

Policy Online carries a link (31.10.16) to a draft Open Government National Action Plan, released by the Department of the Prime Mini... More »

Freedom of speech versus protecting a person's reputation up for discussion in Queensland

The ABC's Katherine Gregory reports (6.10.16) on a two-day public forum being held in Brisbane by the state's corruption watchdog, the CCC. Up for ... More »

Standoff between Brandis and solicitor-general threatens the rule of law

In shades of the very public row in 2014 between the former Newman Government and Queensland's then Solicitor-General, Walter Sofronoff QC, Gabriel... More »

ICAC findings: It's about time politicians stepped up to clean up

John Hewson writes in the Brisbane Times (30.8.16) that the ICAC findings demonstrate the need for politicians to clean up their act:... More »

Queensland political donors to be disclosed before and during elections

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (19.7.16) on the state government's announcement that it would implement real-time public discl... More »

George Brandis restricts access to independent Solicitor-General

James Massola reported in The Sydney Morning Herald (3.6.16):

'Attorney-General George Brandis quietly restricted access to S... More »

John Harrison: Why politicians can say whatever they want, with no consequences

John Harrison comments in the Brisbane Times (29.5.16) on the supposed habit of parliamentarians abusing parliamentary privilege to attack... More »

Premier orders review after $500,000 legal bill for Newman, Bleijie

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (16.5.16) on a review ordered into the state's legal indemnity guidelines for Cabinet Mini... More »

Quirk rejects calls for land deal donors to be declared

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (19.4.16) on calls for Brisbane's recently re-elected Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, to publicly ... More »

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale under investigation over shares held by family company Waltill

The ABC's Mark Solomons reports (9.3.16) on misconduct allegations made against Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale over his failure to declare ownership o... More »

Political donations make for dangerous perception game

Amy Remeikis writes in the Brisbane Times (4.3.16) about the issue of political donations continuing to cast a cloud over politics at all ... More »

Institutional responses to the abuse of children

Institutions which have had responsibility for the welfare of children have been under scrutiny over the past few years and few have emerged unscat... More »

$100k in LNP donations to stay secret

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (28.2.16) on the outcome of Electoral Commission investigations into several unidentified donat... More »

Details of Ethics Committee probe remain secret

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (26.2.16) on continuing disagreement in state Parliament over the ramifications of an Ethics Co... More »

Australian democracy faces 'corrosive' decline

Paul Farrell reports in The Guardian (23.2.16) on the findings of a report from the Human Rights Law Centre:

'The report looks at ... More »

Remember Fitzgerald? 'Past lessons are haunting the PM of the present'

Paul Bongiorno writes in the New Daily (15.2.16) that recent ministerial scandals post  threat to Malcolm Turnbull's re-election... More »

Queensland must say no to four-year terms QCCL

The Queensland Council of Civil Liberties calls for evidence of public support for four-year terms before any deicison is taken, reports Amy Remeik... More »

Governance issues under scrutiny

Three inquiries are under way into governance and accountability in Queensland:  the first is an inquiry into the Crime and Corruption Commiss... More »


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