Australia has a major problem with transparency and accountability. The electorate increasingly believes power in Australia is used to serve special interests rather than the national interest, to benefit those with money and influence rather than the community, and that power is wielded to this end behind closed doors, out of sight, beyond scrutiny.
The lack, until now, of a federal anti-corruption body, the lack of proper oversight of our frighteningly powerful security agencies, the lack of anything like a credible political donation disclosure system or lobbyist regulatory system, all suggest voters are right to worry about the misuse of power.
Australia's courts are part of the problem in this regard. At the moment, the Commonwealth is engaged in a desperate effort to cover up the illegal bugging of the Timor-Leste cabinet by demanding the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery be undertaken in secret, on the basis of "national security". The court may very well allow this cover-up to proceed, which would prevent the media from properly reporting a malicious prosecution designed to punish two people who have committed the crime of embarrassing the Australian government and both major parties.