Research Papers

Independence of Auditors General: A survey of Australian and New Zealand Legislation

Despite its periodic difficulties, Australia is generally regarded as one of the stronger nations in terms of the integrity systems applicable to government. The US-based organisation Global Integrity ranked Australia third in its 2004 Public Integrity Index, an investigative report that tracked corruption, openness and accountability in 25 countries.

Although Australia was ranked highly in these areas, the legislature's ability to hold the Executive and the public sector to account in this country is still perceived as having some weaknesses. Moreover the changing relationship between government and the public sector has profoundly affected the traditional accountability of Ministers to the legislature..

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