One of the reasons why Australia has slipped internationally on the corruption scale is because of a lack of transparency and accountability that now pervades our Common Wealth Parliament, central government and our public service. For these reasons, the RepresentUs movement believes the following points should define urgent public policy interventions to stop this alarming trend.
A national independent commission against political corruption will be established
Whistle blowers who highlight corruption, whether within government or in the private sector, will be protected by Commonwealth statute
Information held by the government is a national resource that anyone in the community has a right to access freely and without any unreasonable obstacles or time constraints
All political donations must be declared and publicly displayed within one week of being cleared in a political party's (or other entity representing any elected representatives) bank account regardless of value
Politicians' entitlements will be reviewed and adjusted, if necessary, to be in alignment with community expectations
Individual liability for decision makers within any organisation who contribute to the organisation breaking laws will be mandated in statute