I wrote earlier about my concerns of the extent of corruption in Australia. We now hear from ICAC in NSW of explosive allegations of corruption involving the former NSW Labor Treasurer, Eric Roozendaal. He is being investigated alongside such paragons of virtue as Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald. I don’t think allegations of corruption should be isolated to those three – it has grown through the union movement and throughout the Labor party.
Counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson, said of Roozendaal’s activities
The multiple handling of the ownership of the car is only consistent with a deliberate attempt to disguise aspects of the deal. The evidence suggests..the course of the transactions is incompatible with an honest intent.
That last sentence could well apply to the transactions we have seen involving the AWU Workplace Reform Fund.
Labor needs to expiate its sins. If it is unable to decisively investigate and destroy corruption within its organisation it will cease to exist. The loss of the next Federal election is the first step in a long voyage for Labor Party reform. I’m skeptical of its ability to root out corruption – it would involve taking down some very powerful individuals and nefarious groupings within the party. Perhaps the clean elements in the Labor movement should consider setting up a new party.