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Seize the opportunity to create a strong, single anti-corruption agency

The appointment of Dirk Harrison as the new contractor general could be the start of a process to overcome recent personality and organisational difficulties that have adversely impacted the effectiveness of the Office of Contractor General. However, fighting public corruption will require other steps, including strengthening of the anti-corruption machinery.

Mr Harrison, currently senior deputy director of public prosecutions, replaces the steadfast Greg Christie, who fearlessly insisted that no one was above the law and dramatically increased the number of investigations of alleged corruption but who had far less success in actual prosecutions and convictions.

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