Tuesday 1 May 2012 2-3pm
Dr David Solomon Queensland Integrity Commissioner
Theatre 2 Hedley Bull centre, corner Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
Queensland has come a long way from the days of the ‘moonlight state’ of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. More than two decades have passed since the Fitzgerald Inquiry exposed the entrenched and systemic corruption at the highest levels of Queensland political life. However, the 2009 jailing of former Labour Minister Gordon Nutall for receiving secret commissions indicates how easily corrupt practices can return.
To counter the pervasiveness of corruption, the Queensland government established the office of the Integrity Commissioner in 1999. Dr David Solomon AM is the Queensland Integrity Commissioner. He has two main functions – providing advice (when asked) about ethics or integrity issues, including conflicts of interest) to
politicians and senior public servants; and running Queensland’s lobbyists’ register. In this lecture he will focus primarily on the first of these, explaining how the system works, what it achieves and where it fails. He will indicate the kind of issues that are normally raised, and the consequences of following or not following, the advice that is given. He is also responsible for providing advice to the Premier, if asked, on standard setting for ethics or integrity issues. During the Bligh Government he also met individually with all Labor MPs to discuss their parliamentary declarations of interest, and those of their related persons.
The Transnational Research Institute on Corruption (TRIC) was established in 2010 as a cross disciplinary Centre to bring together ANU expertise in the study of corruption. Its prime focus is research, though it will develop capacity in teaching about corruption and corruption prevention, as well as undertake technical assistance.
Transnational Research Institute on Corruption
E admin.TRIC@anu.edu.au T 02 6125 8396
This lecture is free and open to the public.
ANU Public Lecture Series information: anu.edu.au/publiclectures