Discuss about the Corruption and its Effects for Honest and Vigilan.
Corruption is one of the evils that exist in the society that affects everyone. When corruption penetrates every level of the society, it basically creates a handicap for the honest and vigilant. The ones that succumb to the pressure created by a corrupt system become a part of the corruption in the process. Hence, a never ending cycle of corruption is reached. Of course, there are people who are more responsible than the others. However, when studying a system that is inherently corrupt one needs to look no further than the next person. No country is without corruption. More so, the developing countries are facing this crisis more than the developed one (Murray, 2015). However, recent history shows that corruption has perpetrated Australia to an alarming scale and degree.
A recent study shows that the Australian anti-corruption provisions are falling short of their expectation (ABC News. 2017). In an endeavor to expand their business, many Australian companies are stepping into the unsolicited territories of corruption. An article published in “The Sydney Morning Herald” with the headline reading “Australian companies linked to bribe scandals in Sri Lanka and Congo” essentially expresses the increasing penetration of corruption into the Australian private sector (McKenzie, 2017). The Article pointed out how two Australian companies, namely, Sundance resources and Snowy Mountains Engineering Company. While the former was involved in widespread corruption in the Republic of Congo, the latter was involved in inherent corruption in Sri Lanka. Both these companies peddled in systematic corruption that reached the very hierarchy of these nations’ governments. They did this in order to pocket multi-million dollar projects.
On the other hand, there have been reports of widespread corruption in the Australian public sector in the recent past. None of which can be understated. An article published in “The Canberra Times” with the headline “Corruption, cronyism and leaks: Public servants dob on colleagues, survey finds” on 5th September 2016 effectively expresses the perverse mechanisms by which the public sector officials are involved in corruption (Belot, 2017). The long list of accusations includes blackmail, fraud and abetment of criminals. It also adds nepotism, bribery, cronyism, conflicts of interest and leakage of sensitive information to the list. These reports essentially lays down that the Australian bureaucracy is not devoid of corruption. It stipulates that corruption as penetrated every level of government in Australia.
It can be safely concluded that corruption is on the rise in Australia. Some of them make us question our own humanity and the depths that a human beings can fall to in order to achieve personal goals. That being said, the condition is not hopeless. Systematic evaluation and eradication of the specific corrupt units may be an effective way to counter the rising corruption in Australia. The honest and the vigilant must make it their responsibility that they do not allow corruption to occurs around them as well as protest against it when they encounter one so far as it is humanly possible for them.
Nick McKenzie, R. (2017). Australian companies linked to bribe scandals in Sri Lanka and Congo. [online] The Sydney Morning Herald. Available at: https://www.smh.com.au/business/australian-companies-linked-to-bribe-scandals-in-sri-lanka-and-congo-20160823-gqyzlp.html [Accessed 27 May 2017].
ABC News. (2017). Australia fails to improve ranking in global corruption index. [online] Available at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-25/australia-fails-to-improve-ranking-in-global-corruption-index/8212226 [Accessed 28 May 2017].
Belot, H. (2017). Corruption, cronyism and leaks: Public servants dob on colleagues, survey finds. [online] Canberra Times. Available at: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/corruption-cronyism-and-leaks-public-servants-dob-on-colleagues-survey-finds-20160901-gr6ay5.html [Accessed 28 May 2017].
Murray, T., 2015. Corruption In Developing Countries: What Keeping It In The Family Means For Everyone Else. Osgoode Hall LJ, 53, p.268.