The recent findings of the Independent Commission Against Crime and Corruption – ICACC – has claimed a few scalps in Newcastle. We are down a Lord Mayor two members and one member to the cross benches.
The last state election was fought on the basis that there had been too much corruption in the preceding government, and whilst the ALP has historically sees Newcastle as their personal freehold, the fact that the three seats and the Lord Mayors position had all fallen into coalition hands should have been a clear message.
Sadly it transpires that all was not as it should be.
There is to my knowledge no suggestion that these people misused their positions based on the gifts to their election campaign funds, however on a strict reading of the rules thee donations were made outside the legislation’s ban on developer donations.
It is just disappointing that this has happened.
I fear that it represents a squandered opportunity by the coalition, who could have shown that it can be done cleanly.