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Australia has hit a new low when it comes to corruption, according to Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released this week. It considers both rates of public sector corruption and the presence of systems to prevent corruption. 

Corruption is an issue close to our hearts here at Crikey, and Australia’s failure to prioritise fighting corruption is a scourge on our democracy.

To make matters worse, there was a time, not so long ago, when we up there with the best...