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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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Parliament’s top official warns corruption safeguards ‘fatally weakened’ in Qld

Sean Parnell reports in InQueensland (10.5.21) about warnings that Queensland's integrity and accountability safeguards have been weakened... More »

From Richard Boyle and Witness K to media raids: it’s time whistleblowers had better protection

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, AJ Brown, writes in The Conversation (13.8.19) that Australian laws make it inevitable for whi... More »

Event: The Future of Corruption – The Fitzgerald Report 30 years on

"The Fitzgerald Inquiry had huge consequences for Queensland and indeed the nation by not only its outcome but the methods it used and the preceden... More »

Public forum: Why Australia needs a National Integrity Commission

The Queensland University of Technology's Faculty of Law is hosting a public forum on Monday, 21 January 2019, discussing the need to establish a N... More »

The proposed National Integrity Commission is a watered-down version of a federal ICAC

Yee-Fui Ng writes in The Conversation (13.12.18) about the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison's, announcement that his government will establi... More »

Influence in Australian politics needs an urgent overhaul – here’s how to do it

Kate Griffiths and colleagues write in The Conversation (23.9.18) about their new Grattan Institute report which argues that the... More »

Palaszczuk government to introduce developer donation ban

Stuart Layt reports in the Brisbane Times (5.3.18) on the Palaszczuk Government's intention to push through legislation in Queensland's Pa... More »

Call for public to have their say on lifting integrity in government

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, AJ Brown, is leading a new research project to help fight Australia's slide down the global Corruption Perce... More »

Ban on council donations should extend to other influential groups, political expert warns

The ABC's Isobel Roe reports (5.10.17) on the Crime and Corruption Commission's investigation into the 2016 local government elections in Quee... More »

Queensland's fraud squad raised $800,000 from gala dinners, corporate sponsors

The ABC's Mark Willacy reports (4.9.17) on investigations by the Crime and Corruption Commission into the accounting practices and overall accounta... More »

2017 'Integrity 20' Conference

Griffith University is hosting this year's 'Integrity 20' Conference from Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 October. Taking place at the Queensland Con... More »

The only hope for democracy is for politicians to stand up to political parties

Former Queensland 'corruption fighter', Tony Fitzgerald QC, comments via the ABC (13.7.17) on the demise of truly 'representative' politics in Aust... More »

Australia’s lobbying laws are inadequate, but other countries are getting it right

George Rennie writes in The Conversation (21.6.17) that, when it comes to regulating lobbyists' access to politicians in the decision maki... More »

Corruption on a Commonwealth level higher than documented, expert says

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (15.5.17) on the proceedings of a Senate select committee inquiry into establishing a nati... More »

Strength of organisational whistleblowing processes: analysis from Australia

Policy Online carries a link (3.5.17) to a report from Griffith University's Centre for Governance and Public Policy, co-authored by TJ Ry... More »

'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 (9.1.17) on the federal parliamentary system of MPs' entitlements, in the wake of revelations t... 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 »


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