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How ICAC got it wrong on Ransley, embarrassing NSW

This week’s exoneration of businessman Craig Ransley has provided a very important lesson for the NSW government and that state’s media, if they are willing to learn. Five years ago, a NSW government agency conducted an inquiry that, unlike the courts, was not at arm’s length from the government and ...

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The Hon Dr Peter Phelps – Speech in Parliament (06/03/2018)

Personal explanation: OPERATION ACACIA The Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS ( 15:08 ): By leave: On 14 February in this place I made a speech in relation to Mr Ian Macdonald, the granting of the Doyles Creek exploration licence and what I saw as the malfeasance of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in relation to ...

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Sovereign risk increased in NSW- as expected!

The latest results from the well regarded Fraser Institute survey should have NSW MP’s worried. It shows that stealing people’s property has consequences! The Fraser Institute of mining companies is a well respected international survey of mining and exploration company managers that has been conducted annually since 1997. The 2015 ...

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Watchdog refused to probe SMH leak complaint

The NSW corruption watchdog ICAC refused to investigate an official complaint about its organisation leaking to The Sydney Morning Herald. Former Liberal NSW energy and resources minister Chris Hart­cher has sent a letter of complaint to ICAC inspector David Levine calling for former commissioner David Ipp’s conduct to be investigated ...

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Draft Exploration Code of Practice: Community Consultation

The Division of Resources and Energy (DRE) is currently reviewing the existing community consultation guidelines and reporting information. A draft Exploration Code of Practice: Community Consultation [752 KB PDF] has been prepared to provide detailed requirements and guidelines to assist title holders in the fulfilment of their community consultation obligations. ...

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Asset Seizure by NSW Infuriates Americans

American institutions are considering launching international arbitration proceedings against Australia because the government of former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell expropriated US assets worth $120 million. The US institutions, which had major shareholdings in listed mining company NuCoal Resources, were among the main losers last year when the O’Farrell government cancelled ...

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