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10-12 Enhancement Of Corruption Prevention Strategies

Date: Friday 4th June 2010
Category: Council Circular

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has recently tabled the report of its investigation into the offer of a corrupt payment to a council official of Strathfield Municipal Council.

ICAC reported that the issue of public officials being offered money or gifts by persons with whom they were dealing in an official capacity remains prevalent and problematic in the community. Between 1 January 2008 and the commencement of the Strathfield Public Inquiry, of 44 reports to ICAC involving members of the public offering a bribe or gift, 33 of these were made by general managers of councils about bribes or gifts offered to themselves or council staff. There have been three public inquiries conducted by the ICAC over the last 18 months where the person making the payments or inducements to local council staff did not have English as their first language. Read more...

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