Topic archives: conflict of interest

How can News Corp point the finger at Tingle?

March 7, 2018 16

If a journalist has a conflict of interest when they have contractual links with key participants in public debate, where does that leave News Corp?

Mayne: four high-profile men with a yuuge conflict of interest problem

July 31, 2017 2

It is possible to wear two hats at once, but the problem comes when there is a lack of disclosure.

No red flags raised as Brandis gave plum govt job to son’s solicitor

December 2, 2016 7

The Attorney-General's Department did not raise the issue of a donor and lawyer for George Brandis' son being appointed to the AAT.

Should Bob Day even be in the Senate?

October 27, 2016 8

Family First Senator Bob Day wants to stay in the Senate and vote for the ABCC -- but is he allowed to do either?

Saville’s Shout: money and politics … ‘be interesting’ … Coalition squabbles …

Saville’s Shout: money and politics … ‘be interesting’ … Coalition squabbles …

April 7, 2014 3

Arthur Sinodinos left the confines of public life for a well-paying job at NAB, but Australian Water Holdings beckoned ...

The Palmer precedent — but his senators are not bound by it

The Palmer precedent — but his senators are not bound by it

November 14, 2013 2

Clive Palmer has chosen to not vote on matters that could be perceived as being in his interest. But ACIL Allen governance expert Stephen Bartos points out it is not the man himself who matters,but his senators, who hold the real power.

Unprecedented: Palmer in Parliament raises tough ethical issues

Unprecedented: Palmer in Parliament raises tough ethical issues

October 1, 2013 14

If Clive Palmer wins a seat in Parliament, should he be allowed to vote on everything? Governance expert Stephen Bartos argues this situation is unprecedented and needs attention.

The ‘first lady/bloke’ dilemma: to work or not to work?

The ‘first lady/bloke’ dilemma: to work or not to work?

July 11, 2013 1

Should Labor win the election, Therese Rein may face pressure to dump her Australian business. Governance expert Stephen Bartos asks if 'first lady' is a full-time job -- or is it time to let prime ministerial partners live their own lives?

Australia Council review secret and hopelessly compromised

Australia Council review secret and hopelessly compromised

December 20, 2011 11

Arts Minister Simon Crean's review of the Australia Council is much needed. But it's been hopelessly compromised already by the choice of the man leading it.

Bob Katter, energy corridors and conflicts of interest

Bob Katter, energy corridors and conflicts of interest

September 2, 2010 7

Bob Katter has been spruiking an "energy corridor" project for nearly 18 months, but has only once mentioned that a relative is at the centre of it. Bernard Keane and Wendy Bacon report.

REVEALED: Who’s on Timothy Geithner’s speed dial?

October 9, 2009

The AP has obtained seven months of US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's appointment records, finding he spends more time chatting with executives from Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Citigroup than the President himself. Is he getting too close to Wall St?

Reading between the lines on the NRL-Howard coverage

October 8, 2009

Once again, Piers Akerman has written a story about a News Ltd investment without once mentioning that his employer has a deep involvement in the issue.

Tips and rumours

April 29, 2008 1

Rumour in the form of a question. How did Eddie McGuire as President of Collingwood and a board member of Athletics Australia manage to convince both parties and the State Government that Collingwood is the rightful owner/tenant of the Olympic Park Athletics venue? A conflict of interest? I doubt it, it was in the Collingwood […]

Conflicts here, conflicts there, conflicts everybloodywhere

April 23, 2008

Conflict of interest crops up all too frequently in Australian business, political and media life and unfortunately we're seeing quite an avalanche right now, writes Stephen Mayne.

Opes fiasco must end the ASX regulatory monopoly

April 3, 2008 2

The ASX will "die in a ditch" to retain regulatory powers but the Opes Prime fiasco will almost certainly put paid to its ambitions, writes Stephen Mayne.

Setting the standards with a little help from Senator John

December 4, 2007 2

John Howard made a big thing about improving ministerial responsibility, accountability and behaviour when he came into office back in 1996. He really was going to be the Honest John who demanded the very highest of standards and he proclaimed a Ministerial Code of Conduct to prove it.

Piers Akerman’s research skills on display

August 3, 2007

According to the Daily Telegraph website of 1 August, their columnist Piers Akerman is "One of the nation's most respected journalists ... ". It is strange then, for a professional journalist to be so out of touch that he should write this little gem.