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Morrison unveils piss-weak national integrity commission

Morrison unveils piss-weak national integrity commission

The government's "Commonwealth Integrity Commission" is a lame joke that will be unable to hold public hearings or even take complaints from the public.

Bring on a federal ICAC — corruption in Australia is no ‘fringe issue’

Bring on a federal ICAC — corruption in Australia is no ‘fringe issue’

A federal ICAC is urgently needed to address the electorate's growing belief that Australian democracy does not work for them. If Scott Morrison thinks that's a "fringe issue", he is deeply out of touch.

Report sheds new light on the political influence wielded by special interests

Report sheds new light on the political influence wielded by special interests

A Grattan Institute report finally provides some hard data on the extent to which special interests interfere in public policy via donations and lobbying.

It’s not about ‘foreign interference’. It’s about curbing transparency.

It’s not about ‘foreign interference’. It’s about curbing transparency.

The foreign interference laws are a cover for a dramatic expansion in secrecy laws — one that has only partly been thwarted.

Did the ABC and Fairfax just kowtow to our bumbling, repressive government?

Did the ABC and Fairfax just kowtow to our bumbling, repressive government?

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.

Tracking transparency: Border Force’s record on access and denial

Tracking transparency: Border Force’s record on access and denial

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.

Political donations: where to find out who is lobbying legislators

Political donations: where to find out who is lobbying legislators

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?

How our lobbying laws discriminate against small business

How our lobbying laws discriminate against small business

Our inconsistent rules around lobbying transparency mean small and medium-sized businesses face greater accountability than larger firms.

Tax Office tries to fight FOI by arguing it’s an OHS risk. Information Commissioner says ‘shaddup’, basically.

Tax Office tries to fight FOI by arguing it’s an OHS risk. Information Commissioner says ‘shaddup’, basically.

The Australian Taxation Office has been told it should process an freedom of information request hosted on transparency website Right to Know.

Why are ministers so hellbent on keeping their diaries secret?

Why are ministers so hellbent on keeping their diaries secret?

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has appealed a decision ordering him to hand over his diary to Crikey under FOI law.