At the ICAC, we did what we could and we did a lot of good work, within the constraints we had. Frankly, the ICAC could do with being a lot bigger than it is - there is no shortage of work for it.
And being truly independent is vital. And I mean TRULY independent.
Yet now, the NSW Premier has taken a butcher's knife to the ICAC and its Commissioner.
Make no mistake, all of the recent castration of the ICAC by the State government is a direct payback for the outstanding work the Commission did in relation to exposing all the corruption in both major political parties in relation to financial donations.
Do not be fooled by the pretence that the changes now proceeding were the result of the ICAC's investigation of a state prosecutor - all of that story is a fancy sideshow, convenient to the government to provide a smokescreen for its true motives.
The changes are payback, pure and simple.
The ICAC took on both the major political parties, exposed their inherent corruption, and now revenge is being served up.
This would be a pitiful comment on our democracy at any time, but at a time when so many of our citizens view our political system with disdain and contempt, as utterly ruined and contemptible, and rightly so, it is nothing short of tragic.
The NSW Premier and his government should forever be viewed as Santa and his elves for those who crave corruption in the future - it will be so much easier for them as a result of the neutering of the ICAC.
And all in the month a former politician went to jail, as a result of an ICAC investigation.
They really don't like to be held accountable, do they?!!!