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Public Sector Informant: Pork barrelling disgust can further federal ICAC cause

By Richard Mulgan
September 6 2021 - 2:00pm
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

For those concerned about government integrity, the 2019 commuter car park scheme has marked a new low. Most of its features were familiar from previous community programs implemented with an eye to electoral advantage - the clear preference for marginal and government-held seats over safe opposition seats, the disregard for objective evidence in the determination of community need, and the neglect of due process. But the scale of the car-park rorting reached new dimensions as ministers and their advisers casually overrode the government's own rules while compliant public servants stood idly by. Moreover, the complacent defiance displayed by the Prime Minister and his colleagues has revealed a deep-seated corruption of ethical standards.

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