Corruption in government damages the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector and undermines public confidence in government. Studies also show that willingness to ‘speak out’ about corrupt conduct, faith that concerns will be properly addressed, and fears of retaliation, are influenced by factors such as organisational power structures, gender and perceptions of ‘protective boys’ clubs.’
Government lawyers have a special responsibility to not only maintain their ethical duties as lawyers, but also uphold public trust through commitment to values such as integrity, impartiality and accountability. This seminar will explore the impact of unethical and corrupt conduct on the administration of government, and on the lives of those who are willing, or are forced, to ‘blow the whistle
Doris Gibb, Acting Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman;
Professor Anona Armstrong AM, Research and Research Training, Victoria University; and
Bonita Mersiades, publisher, writer and 'whistleblower'.
RKWN Host: Riaza Rigby, Russell Kennedy Lawyer in State and Federal Government and RKWN Committee Member