June 8, 2018 18
The foreign interference laws are a cover for a dramatic expansion in secrecy laws — one that has only partly been thwarted.
February 5, 2018 33
The ABC and Fairfax got lucky in getting access to sensitive documents. In both cases they decided to play fair with a government hellbent on undermining transparency.
January 23, 2018 2
We were delighted to see the intelligence operatives so keen to be open with the press about matters around asylum seekers this morning -- as we see, it has not always been the case.
November 8, 2017
The transparency around political donations is borderline nonexistent, so where can you go to find out where the money comes from and where it goes?
August 2, 2017 1
Our inconsistent rules around lobbying transparency mean small and medium-sized businesses face greater accountability than larger firms.
May 15, 2017 2
The Australian Taxation Office has been told it should process an freedom of information request hosted on transparency website Right to Know.
February 28, 2017 6
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has appealed a decision ordering him to hand over his diary to Crikey under FOI law.
February 21, 2017 4
Conversations between Rudd and Turnbull over UN bid have evaporated, according to the Prime Minister's Office.
February 2, 2017
The big business sectors lifted their donation game in 2015-16 -- but we still know little about where a lot of political money is coming from.
January 27, 2017 10
Mitch Fifield's office tried numerous, spurious reasons as to why it could not possibly be transparent with the public about the meetings he was taking on their behalf, but they were all rejected.
January 12, 2017 14
A web-based computer program to cure what ails our travel entitlements. And our government contracts. Which are a teensy bit conflated but look, never mind.
September 15, 2016
Labor has filed an FOI request trying to see if George Brandis met equally with pro- and anti- same-sex marriage campaigners.
September 8, 2016 17
If we're going to start pinging politicians who break no donations laws but behave "unethically" then there are plenty who could have resigned already.
September 6, 2016 16
There's little interest from either side of politics in banning foreign donations: they're worth millions to them.
September 5, 2016 2
Liberals sure are cross about Sam Dastyari taking money from a Chinese-linked company. Maybe they'll just ban foreign donations! Oh wait, maybe not ...
September 1, 2016 8
The major political parties are already moving to ensure any changes to political donation disclosure don't lead to greater transparency about who is funding them.
May 3, 2016 1
Not adequately staffing departments to meet the demand for freedom of information requests causes a bottleneck to government transparency.
March 29, 2016 16
The money flows between different branches of a political party demonstrate how difficult it is to achieve even minimal transparency in political donations when a party sets out to hide them.
February 2, 2016 10
The state of our political disclosure regime means that we're only getting part of the picture on who is trying to influence our political parties.
December 7, 2015
Never say public servants can’t achieve new heights in risk aversion. Yesterday the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet released a paper on “public service data management”, meant to “deliver a roadmap to unlock the potential of public sector data to drive innovation, efficiency, productivity and economic growth”. Sounds great, right? Even though it was commissioned […]