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Poor admin stops SA corruption probes

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016

Poor administration and record keeping has stalled some corruption investigations in South Australia, the state's corruption watchdog says.

In his annual report to state parliament Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander says a number of his inquiries failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

He says it's difficult to gather reliable evidence to prove criminal offending when record keeping is bad and inappropriate conduct is allowed to flourish.

"A good investigation is one that determines the truth," Mr Lander said.

"A thorough investigation that concludes that allegations cannot be substantiated is a good investigation and an appropriate outcome.

"However, there has also been a number of investigations where corruption allegations cannot be prosecuted because of the existence of maladministration.

"It is difficult to gather reliable evidence to prove criminal offending when practices are poor and record keeping is bad, or where inappropriate conduct is allowed to flourish."

Mr Lander's office investigated 86 matters in 2015/16, including 54 carried over from the previous year.

The Director of Public Prosecutions charged 10 public officers with criminal offences as a result of ICAC investigations and is still considering charges in four more cases.

A further three public officers were charged with criminal offences as a result of police investigations.

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