It looks as though those damn subeditors at The Catholic Boys Daily have made a right mess of Gerry “Chuckles” Henderson’s column in the paper last week.
There he was banging on about what a waste of time and space a national integrity commission would be, without wasting too much time or space on facts.
“So far no one has made a convincing case of why Australia needs an ICAC-like body at the national level,” Chuckles scribbled.
The subs must have cut out the modest amount of research that might have been enlightening to readers. For instance, in the 2017 Australian Public Service employee census, 5 per cent, or almost 5000 respondents, said they had witnessed what they believed to be corrupt behaviour.
A majority of respondents in 59 agencies reported to the APS census that they believed they worked in a “high corruption-risk environment”.
Four years ago, 2.6 per cent of Commonwealth public servants said that they had witnessed corruption.
The definitions of corruption have changed but in 2016-17, 89 per cent of the investigations into all alleged violations, including corruption, found that the APS code of conduct had been breached.