The government's unrelenting attacks on the Australian Human Rights Commission and its president Gillian Triggs have undermined Australia's international reputation for transparency and left it in an embarrassing 13th place in the latest Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. The index is assembled by the global anti-corruption body from eight independent indices by multilateral bodies like the World Bank, NGOs and media sources like the Economist Intelligence Unit.
In 2012, when Labor was in office, Australia was ranked equal seventh, with a score of 85. Since then, our score has fallen to 79, meaning we are now equal 13th. Denmark and New Zealand remain the top-ranked countries; Australia is ahead of the United States (74) and France (69) but behind countries like Switzerland (86), the UK (81) and Germany (81).