But it is endemic and cannot be prevented. In Australia we pretend that corruption in government doesn't exist, or if it does is an aberration. Most countries in the world understand that government is corrupt and are williing to pay to get beneficial treatment. At least it makes it cheaper and easier for the average person to pay someone off ie the local copper or mayor to get what they want. That's not the case in Australia - the going market price for the ear of government in Australia is beyond most.