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Jane Burgermeister Report: “Austrian Justice Minister drafts anti-corruption laws ..” introduces a ‘mandatory register for lobbyists’. Where’s NZ’s?

5 April

(Austria’s Justice Minister) Bandion-Ortner unveiled plans to establish a mandatory register for lobbyists and introduce a  fine of 10,000 euros  for MPS (Abgeordnete) who fail to list their links with lobbyists.

Where is the mandatory register for lobbyists  for ‘clean, green’ New Zealand – ‘perceived’ to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ ?

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Austrian Justice Minister drafts anti-corruption laws, launches media offensive

Jane Burgermeister | April 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/puNtl-1aA

Austria’s Justice Minister Dr Claudia Bandion-Ortner has drafted tough new laws in the wake of  corruption scandals that have rocked the country.

A bribery scandal involving an Austrian MEP Ernst Strasser who offered to influence EU bank laws in return for 100,000 euros highlighted the lax rules that have turned Austria into a “lobbying paradise”.

Bandion-Ortner unveiled plans to establish a mandatory register for lobbyists and introduce a  fine of 10,000 euros  for MPS (Abgeordnete) who fail to list their links with lobbyists.

http://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/politik/Haft-fuer-korrupte-Politiker/21911548

In addition, a ban is set to be imposed on MPs promoting a cause in which they have a financial interest.

Also, new anti-corruption laws will carry a 10-year jail sentence for MPs to accept cash to change laws.

In a separate move, Social Democrat Parliament President Barbara Prammer is pushing for MPs to declare income from second jobs, adopting a model used by the German parliament to draw attention to potential conflict of interests. Read more of this post

 

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April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ, Fighting corruption internationally, Internationally significant information

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