Posted by: Bruce | February 7, 2013

I.C.A.C. The Independent Commission Against Corruption NSW – a brief pigtorial on the Bylong Valley.

In NSW Australia, we have an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in the NSW Public Sector (gov’t).

ICAC has extensive powers allowing it to uncover, investigate and report on corrupt conduct in the NSW Public sector.

A current investigation hitting the headlines concerns a decision to open a mining area in the Bylong Valley for coal exploration. Two persons of interest in this matter being Ministers in the previous State Labour Government; namely Ian Macdonald MLC and Edward Obeid MLC. Both names have Hon (Honourable) in front however I’ll leave that for now. Family members have also taken the stand and aren’t too concerned about their commercial activities and enormous appetite for financial gain.

http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/investigations/current-investigations/investigations

The plot in this multi-million dollar venture involves access to a restricted government decision which paved the way for buying land prior to the coal mining venture. Initial figures thrown around cover $50-100 million. Serious money and likened to insider trading.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/icac-exposes-bribery-allegations-in-obeid-corruption-case/story-e6freuy9-1226572153980

http://theconversation.edu.au/icac-obeid-and-the-danger-of-exploiting-public-disgust-11891

For an average guy like me who picks up little bits of news here and there, this thing is playing out in the worst possible way for the reputation of politicians and their associates. It really is a perfect example of why many voters don’t have high opinions of these ‘representatives of the people’. If it’s not jobs for the boys and girls, it’s riches and favours for the boys and girls; this is just what it looks like. Those who receive favours from the inside can benefit hugely outside.

I hope that all the people who are looking pretty dodgy at the moment, are shown to be open, honest and trustworthy. Innocent until proven guilty, I think it goes.

Meantime, the following pigtorial is how it appears to me, and, how it will play out.

Let's dig in, no one's watching Snort (Google image)

Let’s dig in, no one’s watching SNORT

It's not how it looks, Snort Snort ((a Google image)

It’s not how it looks. Snort Snort

Oh crap, wasn't my fault. (a google image)

Oh crap, wasn’t my fault.

Word for today;     Corruption

Misusing public office for personal gain.

More to come:     same blog time, same blog channel

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