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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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Tide turning in ICAC accountability battle

There is enough material on the public record to justify a judicial inquiry into the NSW government’s anti-corruption agency. The only thing preventing that is politics — and that could be about to change. In a rational world, no government would tolerate any agency that conducted itself like the NSW ...

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Get a thicker skin- Watson doesn’t like the shoe on another foot!

The NSW corruption watchdog’s star barrister, Geoffrey Watson SC, has threatened powerful radio host Alan Jones with a defamation suit if he does not publicly apologise for calling him a “character assassin”. Mr Watson, the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s senior counsel assisting, sent a legal letter to Jones on December ...

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Justice has a high price when it comes to defeating ICAC

ICAC investigator Paul Grainger was the last person on the planet that Andrew Poole wanted to speak to. For Poole, Grainger was the personification of his nemesis — the Independent Commission Against Corruption, whose 2013 “findings” of corruption against the Newcastle businessman must rank alongside the Margaret Cunneen affair as ...

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ICAC boss Megan Latham under pressure over Margaret Cunneen

The chief of the NSW corruption watchdog was under pressure last night to step down after the ­collapse of relations with the agency’s independent inspector, who found she had abused her power and oversaw unlawful ­conduct. NSW Premier Mike Baird said a damning report produced by the ICAC inspector, former ...

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One way or another, ICAC head Megan Latham must go

For too long, NSW Premier Mike Baird has avoided taking decisive action to address the rapid decline of his state’s anti-corruption agency. He can no longer avoid his responsibilities. It’s time to act. One way or another, ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham must go. Once that happens, Baird needs to ensure ...

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ICAC boss Megan Latham snubbed inspector David Levine

Commissioner Megan Latham refused to meet ICAC inspector David Levine to ­answer questions about the bungled investigation into prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. The Australian can reveal Mr Levine, a former Supreme Court judge, sought the meeting with Ms Latham while compiling his report into ICAC’s pursuit of Ms Cunneen, which involved ...

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POLITICIANS SPIN FILE #3

Baird backs extension to ICAC’s powers The recent vote in Parliament to extend ICAC’s powers to allow ICAC to initiate criminal charges continues the systematic erosion of governance standards in NSW – particularly as they relate to ICAC – under the Baird Government. To be sure the ICAC and Saint ...

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Time to remove stench of ICAC ‘corruption’ claims: John Kinghorn

by: Chris Merritt, Legal Affairs Editor,  The Australian, November 13, 2015. Businessman John Kinghorn has just joined an elite club: the innocent victims of the NSW government’s Independent Commission Against Corruption. Like prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC and fellow businessman Andrew Poole, Mr Kinghorn was wrongly accused by ICAC of crime ...

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