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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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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)

'The path... More »

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 »

Gary Crooke QC on the use and abuse of executive power

On the the use or abuse of executive power, Gary Crooke QC writes: 'Given the wide remit reposed in the government, proper public administration de... More »

Alcohol industry donors to LNP

'The Newman Government has pandered to one of its most generous donor industries in developing its plan to crack down on alcohol-fuelled violence, ... More »

Queensland Government, again, fast-track's approval for donor

'The Queensland Government plans to fast-track a $600 million residential and marina development linked to one of its donors and a key government a... More »

Campbell Newman needs to answer questions on integrity

Madonna King (Brisbane Times, 22.1.15) writes that Campbell Newman needs to answer some crucial integrity questions. She cites exampl... More »

Holding MPs to account is now considered mischief?

Matt Canavan has accused the ABC and the Queensland edition of Vote Compass of push polling, but his criticism is factually and fundamentally flawe... More »

Accountability Conference 9 February 2015

The former NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Commissioner who lead the investigation into corrupt coal licenses that brought dow... More »

Senate Inquiry: submissions

By 28 December 2014, 39 submissions have been listed on the Senate Inquiry website. A number of these are marked 'confidential'. It is not possible... More »

Senate Inquiry: Gordon (sub 9)

'I have serious concerns about the way the Queensland Government is going about the development of the Galilee Basin with the application of a Stat... More »

Senate Inquiry: Sandra Williams (sub 11)

This submission suggests that it is inappropriate for the Federal Minister to delegate approval powers to the Queensland Government because 'It is ... More »

Senate Inquiry: Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (sub 13)

'This organisation is alarmed at the particular savagery that the Newman Queensland Government has taken to removing environmental protection throu... More »

Senate Inquiry: Dr Chris Davis' evidence

The Guardian (29.11.14) reports: 'A former insider in the Queensland government has likened its attitude to the risk of corruption to... More »


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