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Mike Baird’s ICAC reform: painful process of restoring state’s standing begins

Mike Baird’s decision to reform his anticorruption commission is just the beginning. It means the NSW Premier has started the painful process of restoring his state’s standing as a bastion of the rule of law. The Independent Commission Against Corruption will continue to have an important role. But the reform ...

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‘Freedoms’ inquiry focus on property rights

  The Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into traditional freedoms is set to gain a stronger focus on the protection of property rights after the appointment of Queensland academic Suri Ratnapala to a key role. His appointment as a parttime member to help with the “freedoms” inquiry comes amid growing ...

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Unjust mining act should be repealed

Last month David Ipp sent a statement to The Australian about his December 2013 report on Operation Acacia – an unusual step indeed for a former commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, who is also a former judge. The statement commented on matters that my company, NuCoal Resources ...

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NuCoal’s Loss, Shareholders Lose, Australia Loses

In December 2009, NuCoal acquired all of the issued capital of Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd (DCM) for $94 million and thereby Exploration Licence 7270 (EL 7270). On 23 November 2011, the NSW Government announced that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) would be tasked with undertaking an inquiry into ...

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NuCoal investor makes plea to NSW MPs

Sean Nicholls State Political Editor The plight of a shareholder who faces losing hundreds of thousands of dollars when a controversial coal licence is torn up by the NSW government will be raised in the Coalition party room before special legislation is introduced to Parliament. Newcastle MP Tim Owen will ...

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Mum and Dad Investors Appeal Compo Decision

NUCOAL shareholders, including Hunter-based “mum and dad” investors, have appealed to the state government to reconsider its decision not to compensate them as it prepares to strip their company of its exploration licence. Newcastle MP Tim Owen will raise the issue of compensation at a Coalition party room meeting ahead ...

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