Restoring trust in politics
People rightly expect a high standard of ethical behaviour from their elected representatives and officials. You expect us to act in the public interest, respect the trust you’ve placed in us and to advocate for your views.
Open, honest, transparent government is not an optional extra – it is what people demand and deserve.
I’m pushing to restore Australians’ trust in politics and reforming the way we do politics – leading by example through the ‘Indi way’ of doing politics differently and working hard to introduce a Federal Integrity Commission and other critical reforms during this parliament.
Read my integrity issue paper.
Speeches and media
Coalition forced to reveal vital regional blueprint [July 10, 2020]
A bad day for democracy [June 15, 2020]
Haines calls on Attorney General to honour guarantee [May 26, 2020]
Secret fossil fuel-led recovery plans deeply concerning [May 26, 2020]
Government can ‘do right’ with Beechworth Principles [May 13, 2020]
Independent delivers integrity petition to Parliament [May 13, 2020]
Coronavirus response, crucial, but scrutiny imperative [April 7, 2020]
Beechworth lobs a call for integrity [March 12, 2020]
Principles of healthy democracy [February 25, 2020]
The Beechworth Principles declared [February 18, 2020]
Sports rorts: a spiralling crisis of trust [February 11, 2020]
Parliament’s integrity and conduct [December 4, 2019]
Reforming campaign finance laws [December 2, 2019]
Democracy needs a robust media [November 25, 2019]
Transparency anything but clear [November 9, 2019]
Indi Independent campaign finance [October 29, 2019]
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:
- Broad jurisdiction
- Common rules
- Appropriate powers
- Fair hearings
- Public accountability
What opinion leaders think
Ethicists and legal figures talk about the Beechworth Principles:
As a means of bringing into public focus a most important national issue, the Principles serve a crucial purpose.
The…Principles establish the ethical foundation on which to rebuild confidence in the integrity of government.
…An excellent basis for the hard work necessary before completing the design of a national integrity commission.
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.