“It is important to note that corrupt conduct must not be either accepted or defended in any organisation,” Cripps wrote in his collumn.
“Corruption prevention strategies are also critical to ensure that appropriate supervision and internal checks are in place to reduce the risk of corrupt conduct. NSW Government departments must provide services to the public in a responsible and accountable manner.”
The ICAC investigation into RailCorp involved $19 million in inappropriately-awarded contracts and found corrupt behaviour had been allowed to flourish within the organisation.
Allegations were levelled against RailCorp employees and contractors who acted fraudulently and/or engaged in bribery in relation to the procurement of goods and services.
“The management of RailCorp affects many people in NSW who use the rail network and many findings from prior ICAC investigations had not been addressed appropriately,” Cripps said.
The NSW Parliamentary Committee on the ICAC announced the appointment of NSW Court of Appeal judge David Ipp as the new ICAC Commissioner, following the conclusion of Cripps’ term in November.
Over the last 20 years the ICAC has received more than 35,500 complaints and reports of corruption, made more than 740 corruption prevention recommendations and conducted more than 280 formal investigations.
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