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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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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 »

The government's commitments on reforming the criminal justice system

The Queensland Police Service reinstated its Annual Statistical Reivew in 2014.  We missed the message in this May 2015 from the Attorney-Gene... More »

Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review reinstated

The reinstatement of the Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review is a welcome move.  Controversy raged when the former government ... More »

Problem in establishing donations inquiry

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (9.10.15) that there are problems in establishing an inquiry into political donations.

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Tasmania's Integrity Commission problems

The Mandarin 9.10.15) reports that Diane Merryfull has stood down as chief executive of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission, less... More »

What a Human Rights Act would do for Queenslanders

Aimee McVeigh writes in the IBrisbane Times (13.10.15) that a Human Rights Act for Queensland would show people their government cares.

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Overseeing the integrity of the racing industry in Queensland

Aaron Timoshanko and Christine Parker discuss the problems uncovered in Queensland's greyhound racing industry, and the recommendation to establish... More »

Electoral legislation a return to integrity in government

Under electoral legislation passed on 7 May 2015... More »

Is it time for the Integrity regime in Queensland to be amended?

Concluding his analysis of the Integrity Commissioner's advice in 'Ray Steven's chicken dance with the truth over Gold Coast Skyride' (Independ... More »

Why corruption demands unflinching action

In his article in The Conversation (17.4.15) Adam Graycar discusses the findings of his research team's review of integrity bodies ar... More »

Member for Cook, Billy Gordon MP, crisis for Palaszczuk

Amy Remeikis report on the sacking of Billy Gordon MP, Brisbane Times (30.3.15):

'The Palaszczuk Government is in crisis afte... More »

Report of the Senate Inquiry into the Newman Government administration

The Senate Inquiry into Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration reported on 27 March 2015.  The recommendations ... More »

Mandates and the Westminster system

Emeritus Professor Roger Scott debunks arguments from the LNP Oppsition about government legitimacy and the relevance of mandates to parliamentary ... More »

ALP government plans political donation reform

The first piece of legislation the Palaszczuk government plans to introduce to parliament will see the LNP's donation declaration threshold increas... More »


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