Five political crimes far worse than O'Farrell's Grange offence

Canberra should be glad that Barry O'Farrell's example isn't the new benchmark for political resignations.

In some countries, removing a politician from power requires a fair bit of effort; a revolution or perhaps even some kind of earth-shattering scandal. In Australia however, it seems the bar for upheaving power is a lot lower. If yesterday’s events were any example, you only need send one of our leaders a bottle of undrinkable wine.  

Sounds unbelievable, right? But from what we're told, New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell’s failure to declare a $3000 bottle of 1959 Grange wine to the Independent Commission Against Corruption triggered his resignation.

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