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Dr David Henry Clune: The long history of political corruption in NSW — and the downfall of MPs, ministers and premiers
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has become ensnared this week in the sensational ICAC hearings into alleged corruption by former MP Daryl Maguire — and suddenly finds her future very much in doubt.
Meanwhile, Berejiklian, who has denied any wrongdoing by maintaining a personal relationship with Maguire even after he was forced to resign as MP, has faced calls from the Opposition for her to resign.
Whether Berejiklian will be forced to step down remains to be seen. But it’s becoming clearer by the day that, at the very least, her reputation will be seriously tarnished by the explosive revelations.
Berejiklian is hardly the first NSW politician to become enmeshed in scandal.
Corruption has been ingrained in the political culture of NSW, from the days of its founding in the 19th century. This is the very reason the Independent Commission Against Corruption was formed in 1988 — and why it remains a vital watchdog over the inner workings of state government
David Clune was for many years the Manager of the NSW Parliament’s Research Service and also the NSW Parliament’s Historian. He has written extensively about NSW politics and history. He is the author with Gareth Griffith of Decision and Deliberation: the Parliament of NSW, 1856-2003, and the editor with Ken Turner of The Premiers of NSW, 1856-2005 and The Governors of NSW, 1788-2010. He was a member of the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW Committee and the Governor Macquarie Bicentenary Committee and is a member of the Editorial Committee of Australasian Parliamentary Review. Dr Clune was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2001 and the Order of Australia Medal in 2001.
The American miniseries TheComey Ruleothers important insights into the fraught relationship between governments and the institutions charged with responsibility for holding them to account. What has happened in the United States under Trump should be an urgent warning to other nations: democracies are less robust than we have come to assume. While Berejiklian is proclaiming her own uncompromising dedication to "the people of NSW," the staff of ICAC, working invisibly in the background, may be the truer servants of the public good.