A more accountable government

A more accountable government discusses the accountability of ministers and their advisers, ministerial codes of conduct, the protection of whistleblowers and the desirability of incorporation of reforms into legislation

Issue sheets - democracy

Accountability of Ministers

This is an argument about the need for setting down more clearly and explicitly the accountability expectations of ministers and a discussion about stricter adherence to the Westminster system of government…

Ministerial Codes of conduct

This is a discussion of the significance of ministerial codes of conduct and of the value of their more widespread use in Australia…

Accountability of ministerial advisers

Accountability of ministerial advisers discusses the role of ministerial advisers and ways of improving their and their ministers’ accountability…

Protection of whistleblowers

Protection of whistleblowers discusses the inadequacies of current whistleblower protection legislation in Australia and the importance of change…

Incorporation into legislation of accountability reforms

Incorporation into legislation of accountability reforms discusses arguments for incorporating all significant reforms into legislation to discourage the weakening of these provisions in the future…


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The table Democratic Reform Initiatives – current status briefly summarises areas of desirable democratic reform and the justifications for such reform and then lists the current status or proposed action or legislation related to the matter in the federal parliament …

Recent releases


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