Keeping our city clean, February 11

11 Feb 2014

The Independent Commission Against Corruption was established in February 1974, a time when graft was rampant in the public sector. If you were sick and called for an ambulance, it was not unusual for crews to demand tea money before taking you to hospital. Once you were admitted, hospital staff would typically ask for a tip before providing a glass of water or a bedpan. Corruption was particularly bad in the police force, and it was the flight from justice of chief superintendent Peter Godber, who corrupted amassed millions of dollars, that finally prompted action and the formation of the ICAC. To commemorate its 40th anniversary the agency re-released some of the posters that marked its campaigns over the decades, and it is holding three open days at its headquarters in Java Road, North Point.