The award winner will, in the relevant period, have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the public interest in the performance of his or her role with Honesty, Civility, Independence and/or Political Courage, in one or more of the following areas
• Supporting the principles and practice of transparent and accountable government
• Contributing effectively and constructively to parliamentary debate, committee deliberations and/or policy development in a way that promotes and/or supports good parliamentary practice and the institution of parliament.
• Pursuing a change in government policy or practice whether generally or in response to a constituency issue or injustice.
• Protecting peoples’ political and civil rights
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tony Fitzgerald speaks in the search for a Button and a Missen
There aren't too many respected voices on the issue of integrity up there with former anti-corruption Royal Commissioner and judge Tony Fitzgerald QC, so these comments about the state of the game in a speech reported by ABC News deserve attention:
Accountability Round Table, designed to reward Federal politicians for honour and integrity, with nominations closing 11 April. Criteria for a Button, for ministers and frontbenchers, named for the late John Button (left) or a Missen (the late Liberal member from Victoria Allan Missen, a powerful and persistent voice for FOI in the 70s-80s, amongst other causes) for backbenchers are below. Laurie Oakes scratched his head to come up with only two potential nominees, Defence Minister Faulkner for his reform initiatives as Special Minister of State, and Liberal backbencher Petro Georgio. Olga Galacho in the Herald Sun wonders if anyone can meet the standards, and definitely rules out Science Minister Kim Carr. Readers' comments (within the bounds of the law, please) and suggestions welcome.