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Repairing Australia’s integrity: reform priorities after the 2022 federal election

Integrity was a deciding issue in the 2022 federal election campaign. Will this be a turning point for citizen trust and Australia’s reputation, after Australia’s
fall on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index to its lowest point ever?

The Morrison Government’s inability to produce a suitable model for a federal anti-corruption commission in 2018-22 proved pivotal in tipping Australians to
change the government, but what next for that reform, and what else is needed to arrest our sliding national integrity performance and restore public trust?

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Hugh Stretton Oration 2022

Australia Fair: is the playing field fair for women and girls?

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Australian Cultural Policy Now: from quick fixes to long-term progress

Performing Arts

With the performing arts reeling from the impact of COVID, this webinar explores a pathway forward.  Grappling with issues such as whether cultural policy should focus nationally or locally, how to shift cultural policy from industrial policy to public service, how inclusive it could be, and how building for the future might take place, three distinguished speakers survey the landscape. They will provide an overview of the settings for Cultural Policy in Australia and also explore how the substructure can be nurtured.

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Developing tools to detect and combat child sexual abuse

Connections

There is considerable evidence to suggest that global demand for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is growing. Consistent with this demand, is a surge in the volume of CSAM available online, including static imagery and, increasingly, pre-recorded and live-stream video.

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Healthy Eating Policy and Political Philosophy

Healthy Eating

The Food Values Research Group and the Stretton Institute co-hosted a webinar on 22 February 2022 to discuss Assoc Prof Anne Barnhill and Dr Matteo Bonotti’s upcoming book Healthy Eating Policy and Political Philosophy: A Public Reason Approach.

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State failures and successes in addressing water insecurity: policy perspectives

water

By some estimates, just under half of the global population lives in areas that suffer from water scarcity. To examine this issue in more depth, on 28 January, the Stretton institute organised an expert panel discussion of the policy infrastructures that have created successes and failures in mitigating water insecurity. Eight panellists will share their insights based on scholarly work done in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, South Africa and the USA, among others.

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Ensuring food and nutrition security — what is needed in a post-covid world?

COVID-19 significally increased the risk of food insecurity for populations around the globe. Incomes were reduced, supply chains were disrupted and acute hunger rose. While vaccinations are helping to bring the pandemic to a foreseeable end, the challenge of ensuring food and nutrition security continues. For many, incomes and supply chains remain tenuous while extreme weather events compound the difficulty of maintaining resilient food systems. In this webinar, we will discuss the prospects for addressing this wicked challenge moving forward while considering rural and urban opportunities in developing and developed countries alike.

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Hidden Money: Shining light on political finance for the next federal election

The gaps in Commonwealth disclosure of political donations mean that the source of millions of dollars of party finance is hidden from public view. Transparency is key to unpicking the complex webs of undue influence and creating a fair and equal democracy. The Centre for Public Integrity presented on their research into hidden money in politics and what reforms are needed to fix it.

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Diminishing Public Trust? Pushback against ICAC?

People

Recent amendments to the Independent Commissioner against Corruption Act in South Australia have narrowed definitions of misconduct, maladministration and corruption reducing the ICAC’s powers. This pushback is examined in this webinar.  Had the ICAC over-reached?  Did it need its wings clipped? Or might something else have been in play?

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Corruption, Conflict of Interest, and Whistleblowing in Public Administration

About us

The webinar Corruption, Conflict of Interest, and Whistleblowing in Public Administration, organized jointly by the International Anti-Corruption Academy, the Stretton Institute, and the Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex, explores the types of corruption that exist in public administration and examines intervention strategies.  It focuses on integrity breaches, conflict of interest and whistleblowing, and illustrates with corruption in a specific sector. 

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