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The Need for and Governance of an Integrity Commission in the ACT

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It has often been claimed that there is no need for an overarching anti-corruption commission given the range of accountability mechanisms and investigative bodies. However, extraordinary political circumstances, notably in Queensland and Western Australia, transpired before the respective governments established Royal Commissions into corruption, which ultimately led to the establishment of anti-corruption commissions in those jurisdictions.

In the ACT, while there is a commitment to establish an anti-corruption body, its form and powers remain the subject of a parliamentary inquiry. This IGPA Public Lecture will discuss the need for an integrity commission and its powers and governance. The event is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM.



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Jack Waterford studied law at the Australian National University, and having graduated in 1972, started as a cadet at The Canberra Times. He was appointed Deputy Editor in 1987, Editor in 1995, Editor-in-Chief in 2001, and Editor-at-large in 2006. Jack retired in 2015, but continues as a freelance writer.

Jack was deeply involved in rights for both women and Indigenous people. He is well known for his investigative journalism using Freedom of Information legislation and for his work and advocacy on indigenous health issues and on the national trachoma and eye health program.

Over the years Jack has written on law, government, industrial relations, ACT politics and planning, indigenous affairs and the public service.

He was appointed to a Jefferson Fellowship at the East–West Center in 1987, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland in 1999. He is a board member of the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre. In 2007, Jack was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to journalism, particularly as a commentator on national politics and the law; to raising debate on ethical issues and public sector accountability, and to the community in the area of Indigenous affairs. He was 2007 Canberra Citizen of the Year for his contribution to journalism and Aboriginal health.

Marea Fatseas ran as an independent candidate for the Kurrajong electorate in the 2016 ACT elections, with support for an independent integrity commissioner a key policy in her election platform. She is currently the Chair of the Inner South Canberra Community Council, Director of her consultancy firm Ideas Connect and Board member of Canberra’s community solar farm SolarShare. She is a former member of the Sustainability Task Force of the Canberra Business Chamber and former President of the Yarralumla Residents Association.

Prior to establishing Ideas Connect in 2006, Marea was a Commonwealth public servant working on diverse policy issues, including innovation, research, science, education, immigration, and ethnic affairs. Currently, she has strong interests in climate change and sustainability, urban planning, innovation, and how to sustain a healthy, vibrant democracy.

Marea holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Asian Studies, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Diploma in Humanities.




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