On 7 March, Dr Adam Masters, the Executive Director of TRIC presented a brief update on the developments in Australia’s anti-corruption framework to the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency in Washington, DC. The presentation covered the current state-level anti-corruption commissions and the proposed models put forward by the major political parties to a federal level integrity commission. The presentation also drew on the options paper by AJ Brown, Adam Graycar, Kym Kelly, Ken Coghill, Tim Prenzler and Janet Ransley – A National Integrity Commission – Options for Australia. Bank staff were keen to understand the developments in Australia and looked for lessons in successful design of anti-corruption agencies. Discussions after the presentation identified political will as the key component from which appropriate structures and resourcing can flow. A side discussion on corruption prevention tools developed by TRIC gave insight into how context matters for anti-corruption activities.
Dr Masters was in Washington to participate in the American Society for Public Administration’s annual conference. This conference provides a meeting point for anti-corruption scholars from around the world.
TRIC would like to acknowledge the support of the Centre for Social Research and Methods in funding the visit to Washington.