(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) – Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, marking the 8th Anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption by the United Nations General Assembly.
Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor said that while Australia had an admirable anti-corruption record, no country could afford to be complacent.
“To boost Australia’s fight against corruption, I announced in September the development of a National Anti-Corruption Plan, a comprehensive framework which will bring together Australian agencies that work on anti-corruption measures,” Mr O’Connor said.
“It is fitting that on International Anti-Corruption Day the Government has taken an important step in the development of the Plan by holding a public consultation session.”
A range of government and non-government stakeholders, including representatives from business and academia, attended the forum which was held in Canberra today.
“The National Anti-Corruption Plan will strengthen the Australian Government’s capacity to identify and address corruption risks,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Combating corruption and its effects, both at home and overseas, contributes to global economic stability, encourages investment and maintains public confidence.
“Today’s event marks the first step in a public consultation exercise designed to gain the insight and experience of a wide range of stakeholders in assessing and addressing emerging corruption threats.”