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Public urged to report corrupt officials

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Rebecca Gredley

Members of the public are being encouraged by the WA Corruption and Crime Commission to speak up if they suspect corrupt or serious misconduct by a public officer.

Friday marks United Nations' International Anti-Corruption Day, which the CCC is using to raise their profile in the community.

Head of the WA CCC, John McKechnie, told AAP that corruption was estimated to cost about five per cent of global GDP each year.

"It's estimated that over $1 trillion is paid in bribes each year. So while Australia is relatively corruption free, nevertheless, we must be vigilant," the former Supreme Court judge said.

"When people see something they think is dodgy, they should notify us."

This included public officers asking for bribes to do their job and people in positions of power using it to their advantage, he said.

Perth artist Drew Straker painted an anti-corruption, whistleblower-themed mural outside the commission's city headquarters as Mr McKechnie looked on, drawing curious gazes from passers-by.

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