Australia has placed fourth in the world for open government according to the World Justice Project, which compares 66 leading countries on a variety of political indicators.
We don’t do so well on other indicators, but our result is still very healthy – if you put a lot of store in these sorts of exercises.
According to the report, Australia scores quite well in most dimensions of the rule of law. The country ranks fourth globally in the area of government accountability, reflecting a well-functioning system of checks and balances and institutions that effectively prevent, investigate, and punish instances of misconduct. Australia ranks among the top ten globally in six of the eight categories measured by the Index. The civil courts are efficient and independent, although access to translators and affordable legal counsel remains limited, particularly for disadvantaged groups. In this area, Australia scores lower than almost all high-income countries. Another area of concern is discrimination. While the country ranks among the best in the world in protecting most fundamental rights, it lags behind in guaranteeing equal treatment and non-discrimination, especially for immigrants and ethnic minorities. In this area, Australia ranks last among all high-income countries and ranks 40th globally
I’m a supporter of a Bill of Rights, but given that all of the countries we are competing against has one, do they in reality achieve much?