"ICAC exposes the NSW Legislature as the most corrupt parliament in Australian history"
- Category: NSW Independant Commission Against Corruption
- Created: Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:39
- Written by Daily Telegraph - Miles Godfrey
YOU walk up the stone steps onto an ageing red carpet, past a gallery of former speakers and into the house of disgrace.
Welcome to the most corrupt parliament in Australian history — the NSW Legislature.
In nine months, 11 Liberal politicians have resigned, stepped down or moved to the crossbenches amid corruption investigations. Labor’s ship has been equally rat-infested, with names like Obeid, Macdonald, Kelly and Tripodi now bywords for the stink in Macquarie St.
“You’d probably find maggots if you dug the foundations,” one former state MP said.
NSW’s corruption shame can be traced back to 2007, when Morris Iemma won Labor’s fourth successive term in government. The sense of entitlement that came with 16 years in power was irresistible to some MPs, who treated parliament as a personal fiefdom and rorted the system to benefit themselves.