Ending Corruption

Corruption is a disease that eats at the heart of civil democratic society.

Federal Corruption Commission

  • The Australian Progressives will establish a Commonwealth Independent Commission against Corruption, replacing the existing Integrity Commission and ACLEI.

  • The Australian Progressives will ensure the terms of reference and powers of the Commonwealth ICAC will empower it to take legal action against politicians, senior public servants, and those engaging in corrupt conduct while in receipt of government funding.

Journalist and Whistleblower protections

  • The Australian Progressives will strengthen legal protections for all whistleblowers, including private enterprise and all government agencies.
  • The Australian Progressives will develop anonymous channels for reporting and provide legislative protections if identities are revealed.

  • The Australian Progressives will provide a clearly defined processes for reporting corruption including broad criteria/circumstances for going to external parties.

  • The Australian Progressives will provide a practical thresholds for protection, including a clear Public Interest defence.

  • The Australian Progressives will legislate confidentiality protections.

  • The Australian Progressives will provide clearly defined internal disclosure processes.

  • The Australian Progressives will provide protections from a broad range of retaliation, and legislate for avenues for redress.

  • The Australian Progressives support legislative protections for journalists undertaking public interest journalism.

Federal Parliamentarian Code of Conduct

  • The Australian Progressives will establish a Federal Parliamentarian Code of Conduct, modelled after the current Australian Public Service Framework.

  • To coincide with this Code of Conduct, the Australian Progressives will establish an associated charter of Parliamentarian Values.

State Corruption Commissions

  • The Australian Progressives will enact legislation to provide wider and more consistent powers across state anti-corruption bodies.

Proactive Corruption Prevention

  • The Australian Progressives will enact policy for all anti-corruption groups to provide public recommendations each year around prevention measures.

  • The Australian Progressives will enable corruption commissions to review politician post-office appointments vs actions during office.

  • The Australian Progressives will invest in analytics/reporting disclosure technology and powers to identify potential sources of corruption.

  • The Australian Progressives will increase penalties for corruption including pay-back of salary/loss of entitlements for politicians found to be corrupt.

  • The Australian Progressives will strengthen funding and independence (autonomy) for anti-corruption bodies.

  • The Australian Progressives will seek public agreement with other parties to have appointments exempted from political interference and funding independence.

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