Date published: 9 December 2019 | Last modified: 09 December 2019

To mark International Anti-Corruption Day (IAC Day), the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has released a video that dramatically demonstrates how becoming involved in corruption can impact your life.

Carl Wulff – The Inside Story was filmed at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre while the former CEO of Ipswich City Council was awaiting sentencing for corruption offences.

Mr Wulff was one of several former senior councillors and staff at the Council who were charged with criminal offences as a result of the CCC’s corruption investigation, Operation Windage.  

CCC Chairperson, Alan MacSporran QC, said International Anti-Corruption Day was a reminder of the importance of taking a positive and proactive stance against corruption.

“To many people, corruption can be an intangible concept, hard to identify or relate to, but Carl Wulff’s personal story proves that its impacts are real and devastating,” Mr MacSporran said.   

Mr Wulff approached the CCC with an offer to describe in detail his experience of being charged and convicted of official corruption and the impact this had on his life.

“He offered to record a video so that others could learn from his mistakes. As he found out, taking corrupt payments was not a solution to his problems – in fact, it was just the beginning of them.

“The criminal conduct of Mr Wulff which he pleaded guilty to can never be condoned. However, it should be acknowledged that Mr Wulff has offered his story to others so they can learn from his mistakes. It is a powerful corruption prevention message,” Mr MacSporran said.    

International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated each year on 9 December as an initiative of the United Nations.

The UN message of ‘United against Corruption’ reinforces that preventing corruption is everyone’s responsibility.  

“As part of the CCC’s corruption prevention activities, I have written to the heads of all Queensland government departments and councils, urging them to watch and discuss this video with their staff so that they are all aware of the real consequences of acting corruptly,” Mr MacSporran said. 

The video, Carl Wulff – The Inside Story, is now available on the CCC’s website. 

The CCC is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.


Editors Note: The video was filmed in early February 2019 whilst Mr Wulff was on remand awaiting sentencing. He was sentenced on 15 February 2019.  

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