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Quotes and Examples – Accountability and Governance 0

Quotes and Examples – Accountability and Governance

Richard McGarvie A GG should be entirely above partisan politics and exerts an unifying influence. John Faulkner, Senator Best accountability mechanism of any Australian parliament (Estimates committees) Richard Mulgan It is widely accepted that...

Censure of judicial officials 0

Censure of judicial officials

“A judge is answerable only to their conscience” – Kirby J Breaking the law 1985 – Chief Magistrate Murray Farquhar (R v Farquhar 1985) – Farquhar pressured a fellow magistrate to drop a case...

Accountability of the Courts 0

Accountability of the Courts

Summary Foundation: separation of powers, natural justice and rule of law Competence, Independence, Impartiality Through appeals and the common law Through parliamentary scrutiny and legislation (parliamentary sovereignty) Through transparent processes and public confidence Through...

Senate committees 0

Senate committees

The principle means whereby the Senate obtains information bearing on the accountability of the executive are committee inquiries – Harry Evans, former Clerk of the Senate May only inquire into matters referred to them...

Other accountability mechanisms 0

Other accountability mechanisms

Sometimes termed “Integrity agencies” – Parl Inquiries, Royal Commissions, Ombudsman, Corruption Commissions briefly, AAT briefly, AFP briefly Commonwealth Ombudsman Act 1976 Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 Royal Commissions 132 Federal Commissions so far They...

Oversight bodies 0

Oversight bodies

Australian National Audit Office Ian McPhee – Auditor-General. Appointed for a single term of 10 years – this tenure ensures that the job is apolitical, and the Auditor-General is able to give frank and...

Accountability of the Executive 0

Accountability of the Executive

The administrative arm of government that executes the Acts of the legislative and the decisions of the judiciary (civil service) Also, however, it is also the policy making centre of government, and seems to...

Accountability of Parliament 0

Accountability of Parliament

Summary Elections – the ultimate way Parliament is held to account (effective, but limited) Privileges committee (somewhat effective) Legislative committees (effective) Standing orders (effective, but Speaker partisan) The courts (judicial review) (effective, but rare etc.)...

Accountability of the Governor-General 1

Accountability of the Governor-General

The 1975 Constitutional Crises, Kerr, Hollingworth and the Republic debate. Summary: Accountable to PM (Hollingworth, Kerr) Queen (Kerr, re. Scholes) In a sense, the general public and media (Hollingworth) The Governor-General ROLES Constitutional role:...

Democratic principles 0

Democratic principles

The ways in which Australia, and one other country, can both uphold and/or undermine democratic principles with reference to: Representation Free and fair elections Broad franchise Broad selection of candidates Multi-party system Majoritarian decision making...

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