Transparency in government is absolutely critical to accountable and democratic representation. I am deeply committed to keeping the Government honest and working hard for the Australians for whom they govern.

This means:

  • The urgent establishment of a Federal integrity and anti-corruption body
  • Real-time disclosure of political donations
  • Enhancing whistleblower protections
  • Significantly increasing penalties for breaches in Parliamentary entitlements
  • A code of conduct for Parliamentarians
  • Strengthened freedom of information ('FOI') laws
  • Parliamentary committee oversight of intelligence agencies and mandatory security background checking for all ministers
  • Supporting a free media and the independence of the ABC and SBS

 

Results:

  • Seconded crossbench legislation to establish a National Integrity (anti-corruption) Commission; this caused the Government to respond by finally agreeing to support and to propose their own federal anti-corruption body
  • Seconded crossbench legislation to establish a Parliamentary code of conduct
  • The Nick Xenophon Team (now Centre Alliance) negotiated a written commitment from the Government to a whistleblower protection and compensation regime in the corporate and public sectors
  • Sought to increase the penalty for repeated breaches of Parliamentary entitlements by 200%, and by 400% for repeat offenders (as opposed to a mere 25% supported by the Government and the Opposition)
  • Centre Alliance introduced various Private Members' Bills to grant Parliamentary committee oversight of intelligence agencies, require mandatory security background checking for all ministers, and to strengthen freedom of information laws

 

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