Dear Groundrelay, Don and others ,
Me Abbott had a grounding in the DLP during his University days. Nifty Nev did a remarkable job in holding the NSW Laboir Party together , no mean feat. The current Sussex St mob allowed the corrupt to run the show and NSW seems to have swapped one lot of corkscrews for another .
I think the ICAC has done a great service to all of Australia, not just NSW for years now. Nick Greiner established the ICAC , only to crash and burn as a result . He always struck me as a decent bloke stuck with an indecent rabble .
I often wonder if NSW is just too big to effectively manage as a state . Most Australians are unaware that the NSW Police is one of the largest Police Services in the world and the geographic spread of Sydney and surrounding areas would make a Province or State by itself in most other countries.
Bob Askin , by all accounts subsequent to his death , made an art form out of corruption and the unintended comedy of Bad Cop , Bad Cop ( it was originally going to be a documentary on the Woods Royal Commission ) indicated the long term damage done to the NSW Police. ( And yes I am aware that the NSW Poloce has a very long history of being plagued with corruption , my late father said they were notorious for it in the 1930s , and they did grow out of the Rum Corps , unfortunately some things just do not change. )
Best wishes and regards, Radioman