We’ve just made it easier for corruption to flourish

Today in The Australian  Having proven herself to be a phoenix rather than a cooked goose, Gladys Berejiklian should move as quickly as she reasonably can to contain the effects of a recent decision by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

Legal reasons preclude a ­detailed discussion of the substance of that decision. Briefly stated, it quashes the convictions of a former senior politician in the ­Keneally Labor government, and of his close political ally, to whom that politician granted a lucrative licence. After a lengthy investigation, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption concluded that the grant of the ­licence involved the misuse of public office. It also found the politician’s ally complicit in the ­offence, with those conclusions being confirmed by a trial that sent both men to jail for lengthy terms.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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19 Responses to We’ve just made it easier for corruption to flourish

  1. stackja

    Questions about the case were raised early.

  2. Buccaneer

    ICAC needs to go, Gladys needs to remove the dedicated lawfare lefties from the judiciary.

  3. Up The Workers!

    Sounds to me like yet another Left-wing balls-up.

    Does Gladys have the testicular fortitude to touch it?

  4. Robbo

    Good old NSW. The Rum Corps legacy lives on in the State and the higher the office held the less likely will be a conviction.

  5. thefrollickingmole

    So something which was found to have happened didnt happen?
    Something that did happen wasnt against the law?
    Or Maaaaaaates?

    Because it has to be one of those 3.

    And if itsd number 3 why should i pay a speeding fine/rates/tax, as the law is selective and arbitrary rather than just.

  6. Enyaw

    Bloody good thinking ..mole .

  7. min

    Probably learnt some lessons from the Andrews government in Mogadishu on the Yarra in Victoriastan.
    DPP has only acknowledged enough evidence to go to trial in George Pell case.
    When rape charges were alleged against a well known politician they could not find the witnesses that were listed in the complaint , so they said . However no worries about advertising for complainants in the media in George Pell ‘s case. Other complaints that seem to have been swept under the carpet are a certain now Senator recommended for investigation by TURC, never done, election rorts with the Red shirts, and then of course is all the documented evidence against a certain trio that was pushed to one side before TURC commenced. Part of that case went to WA court however when the alleged fraudster who had admitted the fraud and was committed for trial , turned up to court, mysteriously all charges dropped. Corruption everywhere.

  8. teamv

    She should also overturn the ban on the metalurgical coal mine which was blocked due to carbon emissions causing climate change……

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    Surely you guys jest ,corruption in Astralian politics and the law ? Cant be ,our politicns make the job their career, totally devoted to their duties and responsibilities,altruistic to the core . As for the lawtrade we all know how trustworthy our judges are ,after all many were appointed by alp ministers ,so there can be no question of corruption and favouritism . Its not as if they were elected,no,the were annointed ,oops ,sorry ,appointed after extensive investigation of their credentials and student activity in socialist groups
    As for crruption in the save the world climate industry . Just because billions of taxpayer dollars re going into the pockets of concerned overseas billionaires , hat is no indicaion of corruption , the taxpayers will be grtefull for these actions when the worlds temperature only rises 10 degrees due to China and India industrialising , it would have been 11 degrees if the concerned billionares hadnt saved us .
    Be gratefull we are in good hands ,and we have real democracy .o

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    Might apply for a spin doctor job with danny andys mob think
    I measure up do you ?

  11. Behind Enemy Lines

    thefrollickingmole
    #2982173, posted on April 8, 2019 at 9:04 am
    So something which was found to have happened didnt happen?
    Something that did happen wasnt against the law?
    Or Maaaaaaates?

    Because it has to be one of those 3.

    And if its number 3 why should i pay a speeding fine/rates/tax, as the law is selective and arbitrary rather than just.

    It’s maaaaaaates. Just dressed up in a wig and gown this time. The judges have granted a literal get-out-of-jail-free card for fellow travellers in the worst political class ever (TM).

    In essence, the court decision holds that political corruption’s OK so long as the perpetrator can make some sort of public interest argument for the decision.

    Of course, telling lies about the public interest has become one of Australia’s biggest industries, so you can see where it’s all headed.

    Imagine giving politicians a license to steal, with first dibs to whoever gets to the cookie jar first.

    Third world here we come.

  12. Leo G

    It’s maaaaaaates. Just dressed up in a wig and gown this time. The judges have granted a literal get-out-of-jail-free card for fellow travellers in the worst political class ever (TM).

    Indeed.
    What prevails in New South Wales,
    the corruptionist state,
    should be on the number plate.

  13. Up The Workers!

    Dr. Fred, you’re cheaper and more effective than Sorbent, any day!

    You make Dodgy Dan of Corruptistan smell almost as attractive as 3-day-old dogs droppings.

  14. zyconoclast

    thefrollickingmole
    #2982173, posted on April 8, 2019 at 9:04 am
    So something which was found to have happened didnt happen?
    Something that did happen wasnt against the law?
    Or Maaaaaaates?

    Anarcho-tyranny

  15. De Fred Lenin

    Up the workers. Only 3 days old.? Im a failure as a spin doctor .
    Anyone who read my contributions to this blog would know that article was Satire , mixed with Sarcasm with a big dollop of contempt .

  16. NuThink

    https://youtu.be/LbT8vKnpl-Q

    Senator Matteo Salvini learns he is to be charged w/ kidnapping for blocking migrant ship.( English subtitles.)

    It runs rather long (12:00) but in his introduction to his rant in the first few minutes he sums up what he feels about lefty activist judges in Italy and their priorities . We need such a man here. Can the academics (like the ones who wrote to Chavez of Venezuela) send him a welcome letter inviting him here. He makes the argument that he is being charged with carrying out his job in applying the constitution. He is very funny.

  17. Linde

    Always reassuring to know corruption is alive and well in sin city. Down here in Melbourne we have some fine exploits of it as well, and that time honored receipt of criminal underworld, lawyers coppers and surprise sexual antics intertwining the whole thing. All in all we don’t feel left out all, especially in this all inclusion lovey-dovey world of today.

  18. John Stankevicius

    This is now dangerous. This is behind the Russian curtain. There will be a tipping point. I hope it’s the May election. Who would have thought that modern society would beleive the frightened, immature and idiotic student union.

  19. JohnJJJ

    Well, according to my G’n S Theory of Justice ( Australian Edition):
    JUDGE. Yes, I am a Judge!
    ALL. And a good Judge, too!
    JUDGE. Yes, I am a Judge!
    ALL. And a good Judge, too!
    JUDGE. Though homeward as you trudge,
    You declare my law is fudge.
    Yet of beauty I’m a judge.
    ALL. And a good Judge too!

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