CAIN Update – 27 February 2015

Items of interest for the Complaints, Accountability, Integrity Network

Integrity in the public sector

Victorian bureaucrats: would you know corruption if you saw it?
Discussion of Victorian Independent Broad Based anti-Corruption Commission report into integrity frameworks in Victorian public sector agencies.
David Donaldson, The Mandarin website, Dec 2014

Corruption Matters
A biannual online newsletter produced by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption

A Federal anti-Corruption body?
Podcast of a panel discussion on the need for a federal integrity body.
ABC Podcast, Feb 2015

Young people

Investigation into ways that State government departments and authorities can prevent or reduce suicide by young people
Report. The objectives of the investigation were to analyse, in detail, deaths of young people who died by suicide notified to the Ombudsman WA office, comprehensively consider the results of this analysis in conjunction with the relevant research and practice literature, undertake consultation with government and non-government stakeholders and, if required, recommend ways that agencies can prevent or reduce suicide by young people.
Ombudsman WA, Apr 2014

The Forgotten Children - National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
Report of Inquiry aimed at:
• assessing the impact of prolonged immigration detention on children’s health, wellbeing and development by collecting the evidence of children and their families, scholarly research, Department of Immigration and Border Protection data and the views of medical experts and the Australian community, and
• promoting compliance with Australia’s international obligations to act in the best interests of children.
Australian Human Rights Commission, Nov 2014

Investigation into an incident of alleged excessive force used by authorised officers
Ombudsman report into investigation of alleged heavy-handed conduct of authorised officers on the public transport network. The investigation concluded that the force used by an authorised officer on a teenage girl suspected of evading a $2.50 fare, was excessive and amounted to degrading treatment and a breach of the Victorian Human Rights Charter. It also concluded that the department's internal investigative processes, including a review carried out following a public petition, continued to assert, without interviewing any independent witnesses, that the officers involved had complied with training methods and done nothing wrong.
Ombudsman Victoria, Feb 2015

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