Stronger anti-corruption & whistleblower protections

Version 2015-05-22
Status 25th Feb, 2015 - Endorsed by National Interim Exec.
Status 22nd May, 2015 - Endorsed by the membership.

Create a federal Anti-Corruption body (“Federal ICAC”):

  • Replaces the current limited-scope Integrity Commission/ACLEI.
  • Empowered to investigate the full spectrum of federal level corruption matters across all federal bodies/organisations.
  • Able to work in conjunction with state level corruption bodies on matters which bridge government levels.

Wider and more consistent powers across state anti-corruption bodies:

  • State level anti-corruption definitions should be uplifted to broadest definition of “corrupt conduct”, “relevant offence” and explicitly include those in office.
  • Include non-government organisations (including charitable/NFP organisations).

Proactive corruption prevention (monitoring and compliance):

  • Review politician post-office appointments vs actions during office.
  • Invest in analytics/reporting disclosure technology and powers to identify potential sources of corruption.
  • “Cash for access” allegations to be put within scope of anti-corruption powers.
  • Increase penalties for corruption including pay-back of salary/loss of entitlements for politicians found to be corrupt.
  • Major projects review board each year to examine project award process/lobbying.

Strengthen funding and independence (autonomy) for anti-corruption bodies:

  • Seek public agreement with other parties to have appointments exempted from political interference and funding independence.

Whistleblower protections strengthened and made consistent across the states:

  • Include private enterprise and all government agencies.
  • Anonymous channels for reporting and protections if identity revealed.
  • Clearly defined processes for reporting corruption including broad criteria/circumstances for going to external parties (media, NGOs, labour unions or elected officials).
  • Practical thresholds for protection (noble intent/public good).
  • Confidentiality protections.
  • Internal disclosure processes clearly defined.
  • Protections from broad range of retaliation and remedies/avenues available for redress.

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