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Kristina Keneally has fronted Icac. She knows what it is like.
Asked on Sky News if it really is the best model for dealing with corruption issues (the federal government’s model is very different – and would be kept behind closed doors), Keneally says:
What the New South Wales Icac does is it brings sunshine where there is darkness. It exposes corruption to light. It ensures that the people of New South Wales can have confidence that where a politician or a public official has acted corruptly, there are the powers and the capacity to bring that to light, and where appropriate to bring criminal charges.
Quite frankly, we have a government that has presided over a string of scandals, whether it’s the Western Sydney Airport land deal, the sports rorts scandal …
There is something seriously wrong with our electoral laws when out and out lies can continue to be run as a campaign.
This sort of campaign is not new, but it went to a whole new level with Mediscare. Just another example of opening Pandora boxes – people have a habit of escalating, when they see what personal gains can be made.