I haven't commented on it, but in Sydney the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has been holding an inquiry into double dealing over the last years of the previous Labor Administration. This quote from a Sydney Morning Herald story will give you a feel.
THE family of the Labor power broker Eddie Obeid received $30 million and stood to make a further $70 million using inside information on coal exploration licences provided by the disgraced former mining minister Ian Macdonald.
Not only is this ''the most important investigation ever undertaken'' by the Independent Commission Against Corruption but ''it is corruption on a scale probably unexceeded since the days of the Rum Corps,'' counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson, SC, said in his opening address on Monday.
There has been some quite fascinating stuff, but what struck me was the reference to the Rum Corps, officially known as the New South Wales Corps. Formed in England in 1789 to replace the marines who had accompanied the First Fleet, it has acquired a very particular place in Australian history and mythology.
Things aren't always what they seem. The overthrow of Governor Bligh, the Rum Rebellion, actually had very little to do with rum at all. But it certainly had a lot to do with land, money and power, including control of the official purse. In that sense, not much has changed!
There is another present historical connection.
Canada has been celebrating the War of 1812, a war that began with a US invasion of what is now Canada. Recalled to England and renamed the 102nd Regiment of Foot, the Rum Corp served in that war.