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"There is a systemic failure in the way politicians, political parties and political campaigns are funded in NSW”.
Geoffrey Watson SC ICAC April 28 2014
Politics in NSW has been put under the microscope in a series of recent Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) enquiries, and the picture isn't pretty. Following an adverse finding by the ICAC, former Labor Party factional boss, Eddie Obeid, has become linked with corruption in NSW politics. The shocking resignation of Premier Barry O’Farrell over his failure to declare a lobbyist’s gift of a $3000 bottle of Grange was unrelated to corruption but has raised questions about networks of influence on the Liberal side of politics. The public has subsequently heard disturbing allegations concerning the distribution of political favours,to the use of slush funds to disguise the flow of otherwise prohibited donations to political parties.
Join Dr Simon Longstaff as he discusses what went wrong in NSW politics? What changes need to be made to create a democratic system that rewards good policy and advances the public interest? Is it possible to create a more ethical political system in NSW?
Kathy Jones - New Democracy Foundation
Jonathan O’Dea - Liberal MP Davidson
Adam Searle – Deputy Leader of Opposition in NSW Legislative Council
Sean Nicholls - Journalist Sydney Morning Herald
John Kaye - NSW Greens
Tuesday 1 July 2014
6.30 - 8pm
St James Ethics Centre
Level 1, Legion House, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
(take the glass lift to the first floor)
General Public: $60
St James Ethics Centre Members: $50
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A world with strong ethical foundations is a better, fairer, safer place.The Ethics Centre has a vision of a world in which we all have the courage to stand up for what we believe in, the wisdom to explore the unknown, and the imagination and heart to strive for the very best we can be. Ethics extends a great invitation we will never regret accepting – to know our world and ourselves.
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