February 6, 2013
This Rowe cartoon pretty much sums up the ethos of the NSW Labor Right. Politics is a means to enrich to themselves at the public's expense. That is what the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) shows.
The commission's hearings suggests that political corruption in Australia is more widespread than we might think, despite Australia's relatively clean image.
NSW, despite its long history of corruption that reaches back to the 50 years of military dictators in the early history of the colony, is not alone. Earlier episodes occurred in Queensland during the late '70s and in Western Australia during the late '80s. The use of kickbacks and connections to bend the rules in one's favor is very noticeable in the land-planning decisions of cities and suburbs
Political corruption is the misuse of public office for private gain:
Political corruption is the manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth.
Corruption occurs and is often tied to the search for campaign funds by politicians and political parties.
So the NSW Right's business-as-usual undermines democracy and good governance by flouting or even subverting formal processes, thereby eroding the institutional capacity of government.