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Transparency ANU: What is Corruption?

Join Transparency ANU as they explore their understanding of what corruption might mean in an Australian public and private sector context? Discussing this topic will be eminent Professor Dr Kath Hall and the former Chief Integrity Officer of Tasmania, Ms Diane Merryful.

Together they will explore if the current definitions draw attention away for the precursors to corruption and from properly recognising the risks of corruption occurring in the Australian public and private sector and therefore preventing it."The abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Corruption can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs."

Definitions similar to the above have been used by a number of commentators and influential decision makers to assert that public and private sector corruption as defined is much more a problem in developing countries and is not a significant issue in Australia – particularly at the federal level. However, the reality is corruption often goes undetected federally and is only brought to light in notable cases.

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