NSW Labor supporters at a 2018 conference (Image: AAP/Jeremy Ng)

Short of towing the NSW Labor Party out to sea and sinking it, is there anything that can be done about persistent corruption in NSW?

It's clear from evidence emerging at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiring into political donations that the party that gave us a series of corrupt ministers persists in simply refusing to abide by the most basic rules of ethics and probity.

But while the media focus is on individual donors and party officials like NSW Labor secretary Kaila Murnain, let's not forget the structural reason why corruption keeps happening in NSW -- and most likely would be revealed at the federal level if the Coalition ever permitted a fair dinkum ICAC to be established in Canberra.