The Integrity Roundtables 2017

Wednesday 18 October, Legislative Council Chamber, Queensland Parliament


Please note, the Integrity 20'17 Roundtables have now ended

The Integrity Roundtables bring together international speakers, local experts and an engaged audience to discuss some of the key ethics and integrity issues across the Integrity 20’17 conference agenda in a less structured atmosphere.

We invite people working in relevant areas of business, academia, government and interested general public to register their interest to attend and participate in these meetings.

8.00am – Registration

8.30am – Welcome

Roundtable host

Professor Charles Sampford (AU)
Convenor, Integrity Roundtables
Foundation Dean of Law and Research Professor of Ethics
Director, IEGL, The Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law
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9.00am – First roundtable

Ethical leadership and realistic optimism

Many leaders offer hope and optimism to those whose vote they seek. Is it ethical to do so without having a realistic plan to achieve the goals for which they hoped? Finally, should there be limits on such hopes:

  • Revanchist ‘recovery’ or territory?
  • ‘Winning’ in ways that others lose?
  • Ethnic or gender supremacy?

Key speakers include

Ms Gaia Grant (AU)

Director of Tirian and author of Who Killed Creativity, Read more

Mr Victor Perton (AU)

Editor and publisher of the Australian Leadership blog, Read more

Mr Kenan Malik (UK)

Lecturer and broadcaster and bestselling author, Read more

11.00am – Second roundtable

Ethical leadership and an international rules based order

In recent years, Western leaders have talked much about an ‘international rules based order’ and criticised Russia and China for not playing by those rules. What does it mean and what should it mean for leaders? Should we be exemplars ourselves before we demand compliance by others?

It is a particularly auspicious year for this discussion as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of MacArthur’s arrival in Brisbane and the start of an alliance that sought to establish an international rules-based order centred on the United Nations. Also of relevance is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN which has emphasised peaceful co-existence and non-intervention.

Business may wish clear rules about trade and investment. Should they push for the respect of human rights as well?

Key speakers include

Dr Alison Broinowski (AU)

Author/editor of 14 books on Australia’s interface with Asia & with the United Nations

Prof Ramesh Thakur (CA, NZ, AU)

Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations

Dr Rachel Kleinfeld

Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Read more

2.30pm – Third roundtable

Ethical leadership and democracy

All political leaders claim to lead for the benefit of the people they represent. Integrity means living up to those claims. How do we maximise the chances that leaders will do so rather than abuse their power:

  • For personal gain (corruption)?
  • To extend that power against those on whose behalf you claim to wield it?
  • To supress dissent?
  • To skew the electoral system (and electoral funding and government advertising rules) to maximise the chances of their re-election?
  • To seize power from others to whom the constitution gives that power?

How important is truth telling for those seeking election? Should politics be seen as a vocation or a profession?
How can politicians regain public trust? Who has a responsibility for enhancing political integrity – governments, oppositions, journalists, media, leaders of other countries, business?

Key speakers include

Ms Jodie Ginsberg (UK)

CEO of UK-based freedom of expression organisation Index on Censorship, Read more

Prof Haig Patapan (AU)

Professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University

Mr Greg Vickery AO (AU)

Former Chair of the Standing Committee of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society

5pm – Close

Special thanks to Legislative Council Chamber, Queensland

The Integrity Roundtables


8.30am – 5pm, Legislative Council Chamber, Queensland Parliament