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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.

RoweD5Obeid.jpg David Rowe

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.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:33 AM | | Comments (1)
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Well, you could equally say that the NSW phenomena indicates that the system is working as it should.
The ambience of capitalism is derived precisely of the stench of corruption and pilfer and is the means by which social relations thus can be ordered hierarchically within patriarchal capitalism,rather than theothe way round.
The fact is, the system operates as much to corrupt the false consciousness NSW Right as vice versa, but it is true that the system always demands retribution toward underling transgressors in order to legitimise its faux role as social mediator and insure public acceptance that things are "normal", gods in his heaven and all's ok..
Most people "cheat", the system demands it, the real thing to bear in mind is that the NSW Right operates on a conservative ideology common to all- it is a symptom not the disease itself, for that you can as easily go to Martin Place or Collins St, or Wall st, Zurich or the City, where the same mentality in white collar and tie perpetrates trillion dollar criminality and genocide on a scale and sophistication that leaves subjects like petty union officials floundering in the wake, as the masses are reassured of this "normality", as pratts like Kathy Jackson eagerly step forward to validate the system's argument and rationale for operating as IT does.
So is "unfairness" reproduced to the next generation.