The Integrity Roundtables 2017

Wednesday 18 October, Legislative Council Chamber, Queensland Parliament


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

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?

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?

Presented in partnership with the US Government through the Department of State

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?

Attendance at the Integrity Roundtables is by application.

Special thanks to Legislative Council Chamber, Queensland

The Integrity Roundtables


9am – 5pm, Legislative Council Chamber, Queensland Parliament