After a year of discovering who really runs Australia, The Power Index is finally set to reveal the country's fifty most powerful people.
Throughout July, Paul Barry and The Power Index team will be counting down the most influential people in the nation from business, media, politics, sport and culture.
The Power 50 / 2012
NSW Police commissioner
Born in: London, UK
Home Town: Sydney
Skippy, as he’s affectionately known, runs the fourth-largest police force in the Western world. But it’s his personality, popularity and performance -- not just his position -- that makes him so powerful.
He's the first NSW police chief in two decades to be appointed by both sides of politics and has even managed to win over the tough-on-crime tub-thumpers at 2GB and The Daily Telegraph. After all, there’s not much to whinge about when crime rates in all major categories are stable or falling, as they have been under his watch.
"He's a top cop, a good cop, and a straight shooter with strong ethics," former premier Morris Iemma tells us.
A teetotaller and devout Christian, Scipione has been the driving force behind the crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence and the corresponding drop in assault rates.
More controversially, he’s overseen the roll-out of Tasers to general duty police. NSW ombudsman Bruce Barbour has recently spoken out about the increasing use of the electroshock weapon -- a phenomenon highlighted earlier this year when Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curti died after being Tasered in the Sydney CBD.