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Scandals and ‘soft’ corruption: How integrity became a Victorian election issue

Scandals and ‘soft’ corruption: How integrity became a Victorian election issue

It was once a political truism that integrity and transparency are not vote-changers. But with the Andrews government and the opposition both facing controversies, that might have changed.

  • by Royce Millar and Sumeyya Ilanbey

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Give me independent funding says anti-corruption chief Robert Redlich

Give me independent funding says anti-corruption chief Robert Redlich

Confronting “fundamental failings” in government in Victoria, the IBAC chief says his funding should be removed from the political cycle.

  • by Royce Millar and Sumeyya Ilanbey
Labor’s branch-stacking scandal
Investigation
IBAC Labor inquiry

Labor’s branch-stacking scandal

Read our investigation into Labor powerbroker Adem Somyurek, rampant branch-stacking with the Victorian branch, and the damning findings by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) and Ombudsman that followed.

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Rival parties say Labor ‘deflecting’ from IBAC fallout with funding rule change

Rival parties say Labor ‘deflecting’ from IBAC fallout with funding rule change

The Coalition says ensnaring other parties in new laws is an attempt to “slide out of responsibility” and the Greens say the plan “may not be necessary for parties that already manage their internal affairs appropriately”.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Labor has been dragged to this. Now it must act

Labor has been dragged to this. Now it must act

A joint investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission and the Victorian Ombudsman has exposed a “catalogue of unethical and inappropriate behaviour and concerning practices” in state Labor.

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Why the Andrews government arrived late to the integrity party

Why the Andrews government arrived late to the integrity party

Premier Daniel Andrews promises to implement all 21 of the anti-corruption agencies’ recommendations. But why now?

  • by Annika Smethurst
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Reducing political corruption will only happen with cultural change
Analysis
Analysis

Reducing political corruption will only happen with cultural change

The fact such vast powers were needed to expose wrongdoing shows how hard it was to substantiate what was an open secret within Victorian Labor.

  • by Nick McKenzie
A police tragedy, but justice has been served
Editorial
Courts

A police tragedy, but justice has been served

The murder of police officers is a crime of the highest order, but investigations of crime must never be compromised.

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Stronger safeguards around lobbying are a must

Stronger safeguards around lobbying are a must

Lobbying is a vital part of the political process, but the risk of powerful vested interests capturing government decision-making at the expense of others in the community cannot be ignored.

  • The Age's View
Voters care about integrity – the Andrews government should pay heed

Voters care about integrity – the Andrews government should pay heed

He may be favourite to win the state election in November, but Daniel Andrews should not think that paying lip service to issues around integrity will satisfy Victorians.

  • The Age's View
State urged to fix ‘deficiencies’ that leave IBAC hamstrung

State urged to fix ‘deficiencies’ that leave IBAC hamstrung

The Centre for Public Integrity has warned that the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission’s ability to launch investigations is being hampered by “undue limitations” on its powers.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey