Political Corruption – Elections and Beyond: Perspectives from Indonesia and Australia
On Tuesday 23 August from 5.30pm – 8.00pm, the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam & Society and the Electoral Regulation Research Network will co-host an evening seminar on "Political Corruption – Elections and Beyond: Perspectives from Indonesia and Australia."
Money in politics poses challenges to democracies across the world. An international study of elections held in 2015 has even reported that the most serious risks to free and fair elections stem from the failure to effectively deal with these challenges.
This seminar looks at the complex ways ‘money politics’ works to subvert democracy in two very different systems in two very different societies, and asks what can be done to prevent it.
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Professor Denny Indrayana, Professor of Constitutional Law
Professor Denny Indrayana
Professor of Constitutional Law
Gadjah Mada University
Professor Denny Indrayana is an internationally recognised anticorruption campaigner who has played a leading role in law reform efforts in Indonesia. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and Professor of Constitutional Law at Gadjah Mada University. Before being sworn in as Vice Minister of Law and Human Rights, Denny was Special Advisor for Legal Affairs, Human Rights and Anticorruption to President Yudhoyono, Chair of the Centre for the Study of AntiCorruption at Gadjah Mada University, and Director of the Indonesian Court Monitoring NGO. Denny has a PhD from the Melbourne Law School and won the prestigious Australian Alumni Award in 2009. He has written hundreds of articles and books.
Maxine McKew, Vice Chancellor's Fellow
Vice Chancellor's Fellow
University of Melbourne
Maxine McKew is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute. Her career spans both politics and journalism. In 2007, Maxine wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate to have ever defeated a Prime Minister in his constituency seat. She entered the Federal Parliament as the MP for Bennelong, and served as Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood and later Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government. Before making the switch to politics, Maxine had a thirtyyear career as a broadcast and print journalist, earning a reputation as one of the country’s most authoritative interviewers.
Alison Byrne, Director
NSW Electoral Commission’s Election Funding Unit
Alison Byrne is the Executive Director Funding, Disclosure and Compliance (FDC) at the NSW Electoral Commission. FDC is a multidisciplinary team responsible for regulating compliance with donations, expenditure and disclosure, election and lobbying laws. FDC also administers statutory registers under various legislation and the public funding scheme in NSW. Alison is a lawyer with 15 years’ experience in criminal and civil litigation, policy development, investigation and compliance.