The past president of the Law Council of Australia and Australian Bar Association has been named as the new chair of a round table dedicated to improving standards of accountability and transparency in Australian government.
Fiona McLeod SC has been appointed chair of the Accountability Round Table (ART) – a non-partisan group of citizens who "are concerned with the current erosion of honesty and integrity in our democracy". According to a statement, ART aims to bolster standards of accountability, probity, transparency and democratic practice in all governments and parliaments in Australia.
In her new role, Ms McLeod replaces Tim Smith, a former Supreme Court judge and foundation president of ART, which he co-founded in 2006.
“I am honoured to accept the office and to advance ART’s valuable work in scrutinising government accountability and integrity,” Ms McLeod said.
“Important steps are being taken in open government, but there is still much work to do to set up a federal anti-corruption body and ensure donations to political parties are transparent and not able to buy influence, to name just two pressing issues.”