Anti-Corruption Day: 7 factors enabling crook public servants

Greed, power, influence, ignorance, impunity, complacency and poor governance are the “seven deadly sins of corruption” according to Western Australia’s public sector watchdog.

WA corruption and crime commissioner John McKechnie QC runs through the list of factors and how they combine to create the space for wrongdoing, in a video (above) produced to mark the United Nations’ International Anti-Corruption Day today. “A fish rots from the head,” he comments, on the risk created by senior leaders who are lax about integrity, or in the worst cases, corrupt themselves.

“We want an anti-corruption agency that stands in the sunlight as a beacon that people can go to.”

“We want to raise awareness in the community and the public service that it’s not sufficient to let it pass by,” McKechnie said on ABC radio yesterday (full interview below). “People need to be active, alert and report it when they see it. It’s a $1 trillion problem across the world.”

The WA Supreme Court justice and former Director of Public Prosecutions admits that reporting corruption takes courage and said it was a “fair point” that the usual promises of protection for whistleblowers were not very reassuring.

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