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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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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 »

Proposed changes to donation disclosure laws 'malice' - Springborg

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (10.3.15) that 'Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has accused the government of enacting a ... More »

High Court to determine what constitutes 'corrupt conduct'

Todd Neal writes in The Mandarin (4.3.15) that the High Court is being asked to consider the definition of corrupt conduct:

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Queensland police and the inquiry into Dr Ken Levy

The ABC News (26.2.15) reports that Independent MP Peter Wellington has condemned the duration of a police investigation into the act... More »

Does Queensland need an upper house to keep governments out of trouble?

Brian Costar writes in Inside Story (25.2.15) that 'Campbell Newman's premiership was an object lesson in the dangers of untrammelled... More »

Respect independent statutory bodies as central to democracy

Danielle Celermajer writes in The Conversation (17.2.15) that 'the failure of senior ministers of government to observe basic protocols of... More »

Labor's first test: putting integrity before politics in Queensland

Professor A J Brown writes in the Brisbane Times (13.2.15), just as confirmation came through that Labor would form the next Queensland Go... More »

Integrity and political donations

'Is it fair that property developers or miners can pay large sums of money to directly lobby government ministers, when objectors are unable to aff... More »

'Accountability and the Law'

Links to the papers from the conference 'Accountability and the Law' are provided below.

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Queensland must stop the political rot: Fitzgerald

The Hon Tony Fitzgerald AC QC has sought a commitment of all Queensland political parties to his Four Principles that should underlie a a democrati... More »

Rev Dr Noel Preston AM resigns from the CCC Research Ethics Committee

TJRyan Research Associate, ethicist the Rev Dr Noel Preston AM resigned from the Crime and Corruption Commission's Research Ethics Committee. The l... More »

Integrity, accountability and the abuse of executive power

'Tony Fitzgerald savages Newman Government for 'nepotism', says it would be 'folly' to vote for LNP'.(ABC News, 23.1.15)

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The Hon Tony Fitzgerald on the Newman Government

During its brief term in power, the present government treated the community with contempt. 

From behind a populist facade, it engaged... More »


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