THE ACCOUNTABILITY ROUNDTABLE
‘Parliament, Government and Reform in Queensland, 2001-2013’
Public Forum -Parliament House, Brisbane 10 February 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 noon The Premiers Room
The Accountability Round Table is a non-partisan group of citizens with diverse backgrounds (academics, lawyers, politicians, journalists, authors) who are gravely concerned by the current erosion of honesty and integrity in our democracy.
The Accountability Round Table is dedicated to improving standards of accountability, probity, transparency and democratic practice in all governments and parliaments in Australia.
This Forum is the first of a series of public events to discuss the Constitutional obligation on the Parliaments and Governments of Queensland ‘to foster peace, welfare and good government of Queensland’, in the context of the many reforms and reviews instigated by various governments since 2001. There is no charge for admission.
An overview of Queensland’s developing ‘Integrity System’ and the key institutions of public governance, from 2001 to 2013.
Assessing the Parliament’s capacity to ensure accountability on the part of the Executive
The functions of Parliamentary Committees and processes of the Parliament.
An analysis of the Crime and Misconduct Commission’s status, powers, and role, and the process
Chair: David Muir KSJ Speakers: The Hon Stephen Charles QC -The Hon John Mickel -Mr Howard Whitton
Notes on the Speakers
The Hon Stephen Charles QC is a former Judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria. He lectures at the Melbourne University Law School on the Law of Royal Commissions and other Public Inquiries.
The Hon John Mickel was the 36th Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, and a Member of the Legislative Assembly from 1998. He has represented Australia on the Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and is currently a member of a number of Advisory Boards for private organisations, and university lecturer.
Mr Howard Whitton is a member of the National Institute for Governance in the University of Canberra. He has worked as a senior adviser on ethics and integrity matters for the OECD’s Public Governance Directorate and various UN agencies and international organisations, and for Queensland’s Electoral and !dministrative Review Commission (EARC).
Mr David Muir KSJ is a partner in the national law firm HWL Ebsworth. He is currently the Chair of Real Republic Limited and former chair of Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited and Amnesty International Queensland Inc.
The Accountability Roundtable (ART) sponsors the Parliamentary Integrity Awards for federal parliamentarians –The Button Award for Ministers and Shadow Ministers, and The Missen Award for all other MPs.
ART also sponsors The Integrity Lecture. The 2012 Integrity Lecturer was The Hon Lindsay Tanner. In 2011 the Lecture was delivered by The Hon Fred Chaney AO.
The Chair of the Accountability Roundtable is The Hon Tim Smith QC.
Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this Forum do not necessarily reflect the views of The Accountability Roundtable.
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Media and other enquiries: Howard Whitton ( 0424 766 622 ) or Beryce Nelson ( 0412 121 158 )