Australian Left Review


John Playford


COMPARING THE PROBITY of members of the political executive in Australia and Britain, Professor Sol Encel has remarked of the Australian experience:

The long list of ministers who have been charged with corruption, and the repeated refusal of governments to lay down rules about the private interests of their members, reflect a basic difference of outlook about the standards appropriate to public life .. .

However, before discussing the Australian experience in detail it is necessary to examine briefly the norms of behavior adhered to in Britain.



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