Opinion

We need a federal ICAC now more than ever

Ebony Bennett
By Ebony Bennett
Updated July 1 2021 - 4:24pm, first published October 16 2020 - 5:30pm
How bizarre that all Australian states have anti-corruption bodies, but at the federal level the wolves are free to hunt. Picture: Shutterstock

I only met former NSW ICAC commissioner David Ipp twice, but he was a memorable gentleman who made a big impression. The first time we met was at the Australia Institute's Accountability and the Law conference at Parliament House in 2017, where he opened the conference with an anecdote that had the audience of barristers, solicitors and public servants laughing within the first minute. Describing the recent discovery of a 7000-year-old clay tablet inscribed with the story of a king's official who was executed for taking bribes from people trying to buy land from the king, he quipped: "Developers were causing trouble even then."

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Ebony Bennett

Ebony Bennett

Canberra Times columnist

Ebony Bennett is deputy director for The Australia Institute and a former Greens media advisor and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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