Australia: Australia ignored OECD over failure to punish foreign bribery, report finds

Australia has taken “no steps” to act on OECD warnings about its failure to properly enforce and adequately punish the bribing of foreign officials, a new report says.

A Transparency International report on foreign bribery released on Tuesday found Australia’s enforcement system “remain inadequate and prosecutions remain low”, despite prior concerns expressed by the OECD.

The report found that Australia commenced 14 foreign bribery investigations in the three years from 2016 to 2019, initiated three court cases and concluded another three.

The cases taken to court included the prosecution of foreign aid contractor Sinclair Knight Merz, a now-merged company which is fighting allegations it paid a series of bribes to secure work across south-east Asia.

The original full article can be found at theguardian.com

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