Cor­rupt­ing in­fer­ence

The Saturday Paper - - Diary - RICHARD ACK­LAND is the pub­lisher of Jus­tinian. He is The Satur­day Paper’s di­ari­s­tat-large and le­gal af­fairs ed­i­tor.

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.

Re­ally.

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