It’s useful to review old critiques when new ones emerge, particularly to see if time has changed what’s important. Here’s a 2017 paper on integrity bodies. It suggests that, to secure funding against a recalcitrant Executive government, there should be a “special branch” of integrity agencies that get rum and rations directly from Parliament. What a good idea! Bring on a national ICAC with teeth.
Assault-style weapons proliferate throughout the external parliamentary precinct: armed guards patrol the ricochet-rich foyer. Into this potential bullet-riddled firezone Australia’s politicians invite subsidised schoolchildren in their hundreds every day the Parliament sits. With schools and embassies (including that of China) in nearby over-shoot range, even an accidental discharge could create personal tragedy or international incident.
An audit office analysis of the state of forensic analysis support for the court system in Queensland shows it is causing delays (some caused by errors, some averaging six months), is riddled by inefficiencies in cross-department cooperation and may in future be subject to failure because police cannot guarantee an audit trail of the exhibits they store. CLA’s CEO Bill Rowlings reports on damming findings that require immediate police, health department and government attention.
What came first? The statistics, or the election campaign? Qld’s police commissioner gives a none too convincing explanation on ABC Radio of why he released crime figures early. 26 July 2014
The 2014 budget was of the ‘law and order’ variety, not the ‘rule of law’ variety where human rights and civil liberties receive balanced and equal treatment. Lean years ahead!
The Independent Monitor of security law, Bret Walker QC, has done his job well…but successive governments are ignoring what he says, at our peril, Jessie Blackbourn writes.
Cartoon with thanks to John Ditchburn, InkcinctCivil liberties and human rights lost out in Budget 2013. Not only did they lose to the police, security-like agencies and the spooks by not receiving funds, but some civil justice and human rights areas we…
We used to have a reputation for ‘world’s best practice model’ in high performance athlete development, and for ‘cutting-edge sports science sports medicine’…but one crime commissioner and two ministers trashed Australia’s reputation and our ‘national…