All around the world democratic norms are under threat. While the trends are different, here in Australia democratic accountability standards are also under pressure. Australia still has no national integrity commission and it is perfectly legal for political parties and candidates to lie in political advertising. Our national broadcaster, the ABC, and the Auditor General responsible for investigating misuse of public funds have been starved of funds.
The Australia Institute’s Democracy & Accountability Program was founded in 2021 to research the solutions to our democratic deficit and develop the political strategies to put them into practice. It builds on decades of work by the Australia Institute to make the case for better, more representative political institutions and for the powerful to be held to account.