TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, AJ Brown, is leading a new research project to help fight Australia's slide down the global Corruption Perceptions Index. A collaboration between Griffith University's Centre for Governance and Public Policy and Transparency International Australia, the project is calling for public involvement in assessing Australia's existing government integrity system.
'Australia’s further fall on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index should stimulate all governments and informed citizens to get behind solutions to the nation’s ‘integrity crisis’, according to one of the nation’s leading experts, Griffith University’s Professor A J Brown.
'“With federal leaders finally seriously debating what kind of national anti-corruption agency might help strengthen public accountability, it is time for Australians to get involved in helping identify the options for what should be done,” Professor Brown said.
'Professor Brown is leading the Australian Research Council funded project, ‘Strengthening Australia’s National Integrity System’, supported by Transparency International Australia and accountability agencies from around Australia.
'The project today opens a call for public and expert participation in the assessment, which will take place over the next six months. Any interested or experienced person can register to get involved here.
'Since 2012, Australia has slid from a score of 85 (8th position worldwide) to a new low of 77 (13th position) in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index results, released globally today.'