While we have long witnessed corruption in State and local politics, the Federal sphere has mercifully remained relatively untainted by allegations of corruption. Not any more. The scandals and scent of corruption are so overpowering that the reputation of Australia as a free democracy is under threat. One British woman, who had heard of the stories about Gillard, Slipper, Thomson and others asked me if corruption was endemic in Australia.
As always, the Oxford dictionary is handy with the definition of corruption:
1. dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery:
the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high places
the action or effect of making someone or something morally depraved:
the corruption of youth was a powerful motif
the word ‘addict’ conjures up evil and corruption
2 the process by which a word or expression is changed from its original state to one regarded as erroneous or debased:
a record of a word’s corruption
3 archaic the process of decay; putrefaction:
the potato turned black and rotten with corruption
Each of these definitions now applies in Australia.
Definition 1 applies to the Government, Slipper and Thomson – both in the sense of dishonest and fraudulent conduct and in corrupting our youth and promoting moral depravity
Definition 2 applies to the Government and others in the misuse of words – our language is being debased almost daily
Definition 3 will apply to Australia if this corrupt and incompetent government persists for much longer.
Joining the other corrupt states on the UN Security Council is a powerful commentary on the state of our nation. On 1 January 2013, Australia will join Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, Togo, Rwanda, Argentina, South Korea and Luxembourg as temporary members of the Security Council. As always, the majority of countries on the Security Council are corrupt states. Of the ten temporary members, only Luxembourg could be described as relatively free of corruption. This is what we were campaigning for – to sit amongst these corrupt nations. At least with the G20, the majority of the nations were relatively untainted by corruption.