Parliamentary Transparency Charter
Public confidence in our federal politics has rarely been lower. We need a step change in the way politics is done in this country, and improving the transparency of government is a critical first step in achieving this.
With scandal after scandal involving corruption, misuse of public funds, political donations, unregulated lobbyists, and attacks on whistle-blowers, it’s no wonder people are fed up.
I felt the time was ripe for action on this issue. I introduced my Parliamentary Transparency Charter which includes a suite of reforms for greater transparency and accountability in our political system.
Three of the reforms seek to improve transparency. The Charter requires weekly disclosure of political donations over $1,000, improves the freedom of information arrangements and requires lobbyists to disclose who they meet with on a monthly basis.
Four of the reforms seek to improve accountability. Requiring the establishment of a national anti-corruption commission with broad powers, enhanced whistleblower protections, rules for parliamentary conduct and a regulator to oversee these rules, known as the Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner.
17 crossbench parliamentarians signed onto the Charter while both the major parties decided not to.
I have also taken the opportunity in Budget Estimates to push Ministers to disclose a list of the (in-house and third party) lobbyists and interested parties they’ve met with since the beginning of the year so as to provide more transparency.
Actions so far
Introducing the charter in the Senate
Sen Cormann just agreed to provide me with a list of lobbyists (both in-house and 3rd party) he has met with since the start of the year. I’ll be asking other ministers to do the same in #SenateEstimates pic.twitter.com/gY445M1yv7— Tim Storer (@storertim) April 5, 2019
The ALP/Coalition have again demonstrated that they have no genuine commitment to improving the integrity of government by voting down my #TransparencyCharter. Independents and crossbenchers again leading the way, with 18 from the House and Senate signing on. #VoteIndependent pic.twitter.com/rhyNAsdfu9— Tim Storer (@storertim) April 3, 2019