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TRIC Presents to the Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Summit

(Data from Transparency International CPI 1995-2016)
Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

Dr Adam Masters from the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption presented the opening session for the second Public Sector Fraud & Corruption Summit on 2 May 2017 in Canberra.

His presentation addressed the question: Do corruption perceptions matter? - in short, they do. Adam explained to the audience how despite the relative stability for Australia position - and all of the countries featuring in the top ranks of TI's Corruption Perception's Index - perceptions can impact on reality. Three former NSW Premiers provided examples of this, showing you can lose your position because of perceptions, even though no legal case existed.

Drilling further, the presentation demonstrated a paradoxical position for corruption prevention. By publicly disclosing corrupt practices and ensuring appropriate consequences occur, government agencies discourage corruption while simultaneously raising perceptions in the public mind that the government is corrupt.

More information on the Summit is available from their webpage.

Updated: 5 May 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Jodie Mildenhall / Page Contact:  Jodie Mildenhall