Gladys Berejiklian's open embrace of pork-barrelling completes the transformation of a once-respected leader into a premier who presides over a state of sleaze.
The Brereton war crimes report identified a number of problems that sound awfully familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in police corruption.
Metrics of democracy across the globe have found the project in decline for years now. Trump is where this gets you, not what causes it.
Not merely will it pose no threat to bent politicians, it may even help crooked ministers evade scrutiny.
When 'looking after our mates' is your foundational value, those who work for you will get the message: taxpayer funding is there for the taking.
We've entered an era of bigger government — and that means more power for the government to reward its friends, and more opportunities to rort spending to serve the government's political interests.
The NSW Premier has gone full Mills and Boon to exploit female sympathy. You could almost forget this is a corruption scandal.
When it comes to who's courting whom federally the public is in the dark because there aren't even basic anti-corruption measures in place.
The party that stole $6b is back in power and the stench from one of the world's most sordid political scandals hangs in the air.
While the idyllic South Pacific monarchy of Australia presents a successful face to the world, corruption and incompetence mean trouble for local strongman Scott Morrison.