With the Commonwealth Government owning nearly $40 billion worth of land and buildings, it is fair to say that taxpayers expect these assets to be managed in a way which is transparent and accountable.

Nonetheless, confidence in accountability regarding the federal government and Commonwealth agencies has been rocked over recent years by cases of misuse of public money, acceptance of Chinese donations and the latest tax office scandal. Although these cases may not have involved allegations about actual corruption (or, in some cases, behaviour…