Such was the demand for the three separate reports into New South Wales Labor figures from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, tabled this morning, that the website crashed on multiple occasions.

Just like the fortunes, perhaps, of the Labor Party in the state and Kevin Rudd’s hopes of remaining prime minister. The organisation must pay for this scandalous abuse of power, in court and at the ballot box.

ICAC has recommended former Labor ministers Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid, and Obeid’s son Moses, face charges over the systemic government corruption revealed in months of hearings. Another former minister, Eric Roozendaal, was found not to have engaged in corrupt conduct — but ICAC didn’t disagree with the assessment of Roozendaal’s own lawyer that he acted, at the very least, with a lack of “judgement or insight”.

Now it’s up to prosecutors to lay charges. Federal Labor minister Jason Clare was unequivocal earlier today:

“Throw the book at them, prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

Indeed. With no mercy shown.

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