The Accountability Roundtable is delighted to announce the three winners of its Awards for parliamentary integrity in the 44th Federal Parliament.
Senator Rachel Siewert, recently retired MP Kelvin Thomson and MP Andrew Wilkie share the Alan Missen Award in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the public interest in the performance of their roles.
Former Chief Justice of the High Court, Murray Gleeson will present the awards, saying: Promotion of open and accountable government is the object of the Accountability Round table and it is their Selection Committee who have decided upon the recipients of the current Awards. I congratulate the three who have been honoured in that way.
Public recognition of those whose service in Parliament manifests integrity, stresses the importance of integrity in public life.’
* Senator Siewart has been a Greens Senator for WA since July 2005. She was a committed, hardworking member of the 44th Commonwealth Parliament and, in particular, a significant voice for vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians.
* Kelvin Thomson served in the House of Reps for 20 years, until his retirement last year. He worked to improve political standards of conduct throughout his Parliamentary career and won the trust and respect of his constituents and colleagues across the political spectrum.
* Andrew Wilkie has been a strong, articulate and fearless advocate since entering Federal Parliament in 2010. Issues he has embraced include whistleblower protection, marriage equality and restoration of legal rights for asylum seekers.
The John Button Award is not being awarded for this Parliament as nominations did not satisfy the high standards set by the Award’s criteria.
Details: Awards will be presented at 4.30pm, Wednesday 13 Sept 2017, Senate Committee Room 2S1.