Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 - Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia

“Integrity in Public Office” action

Thursday 4 August 2022

at the Australian Parliament House, Canberra Foundation Stone

9.00 am AEST

The “Integrity in Public Office” action by Quakers in Australia calls on the new federal government to be determined to show integrity in public office and to establish a strong Integrity Commission.

"This project and the action planned, developed in the second half of 2021 in response to several problems with integrity in public office in the federal Parliament," states Wies Schuiringa, one of the instigators of the action. "A lack of integrity in public office causes disrespect, distrust and cynicism in the processes of public office, encourages a further lack on integrity and derails governing for the common good."

The Religious Society of Friends (known as Quakers) has a concern for integrity and respectfully speaking truth to power.  This concern began at the formtion of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in England in 1652.

For Quakers, integrity is outwards, in our personal, societal behaviour, as well as inwards, in spiritual practice. We collectively discern what we are called by God or Spirit to do at this time regarding integrity, peace, equality, fairness, unity, care of people and of the earth,” Schuiringa explains.  

Quakers in Australia now ask for:

  • the allocation of grants on the basis of merit, not vote buying;
  • the capping of political donations and their declaration in real time;
  • the limiting of industry influence in political decision-making when the common good or the environment are not served;
  • the legislation of real consequences for politicians/ senior public servants/ appointees who prove to lack integrity; and
  • the cessation of time-wasting personal attacks under ‘parliamentary privilege’.

The new Federal Government has committed to establish an integrity commission. Despite these good intentions, this project will continue, as changing the subculture in the federal parliament will take a lot of determination.

This action is independent of political parties and of independent parliamentarians.

For further information: Wies Schuiringa 0439 024 397 or [email protected]

For further information: https://www.quakersaustralia.info/concerns/quakers-taking-action/integrity-public-office-project

Twitter: @IntegrityAust   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quakersaustralia.info

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