The tragic irony of Nick Greiner's recent downfall as premier of NSW is that he was found to be corrupt by the same statutory authority he established to scrutinise the behaviour of public officials—from the lowest up to himself. Greiner took office after crusading fiercely on the corruption issue, he led one of the cleanest governments in the state's history, and no reasonable person would regard him as corrupt in the usual sense reserved for crooks and other shonky characters. There were no brown paper bags full of funny money passed across the desktop to poor old Nick, no bribes, no kickbacks. He was essentially an honest, respectable bloke.
Recommended CitationNorington, Brad, A Self-Made Tragedy, Australian Left Review, 1(142), 1992, 8-9.