1. Towards an integrity commission
Trust in politics is at an all-time low. I believe the public disengages from politics when they see that that it fails to tackle our big public policy issues. When they see politicians more interested in partisan squabbling than in representing their constituents. And when political gain comes ahead of public interest.
The Beechworth Principles
The Beechworth Principles are core characteristics by which any model for a federal integrity commission can be measured. The Principles shape its scope. I believe such a commission must have:
What opinion leaders think
Respected ethicists and legal figures note their views of The Beechworth Principles:
Sign the integrity petition
I encourage you to support this Indi electorate petition to the Parliament of Australia to establish a federal integrity commission that upholds The Beechworth Principles and restores trust in our democracy.
In 1853, at the height of the gold rush on the Ovens goldfield, a young gold digger named William Guest was shot by police. Guest was an innocent man – his death the result of a flagrant misuse of police power.
2. Election finance
Political, parliamentary and public service integrity is fundamental to the strength of Australian democracy. The transparency of campaign financing is key to its vitality. Capping donations at a modest limit is a powerful way of ensuring integrity.