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Crossbench move for NuCoal compensation

The next NSW government will be confronted with a bloc of crossbenchers in the upper house, possibly holding the balance of power, who are demanding millions of dollars in compensation for innocent victims of an ICAC-driven ­expropriation of private property. They have signed a pledge ­acknowledging that 3400 innocent shareholders ...

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Keneally evidence ‘withheld’

The extraordinary tale of Ian Macdonald has a very clear lesson: the findings of the NSW government’s anti-corruption commission are not conclusive and anyone who treats them as such does so at great risk. The quashing of Macdonald’s conviction for misconduct in public office by the NSW Court of ­Appeal ...

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Ex-premier’s secret evidence ‘must be heard: Ian Macdonald

After having his criminal conviction quashed and being ordered to face a retrial, former NSW minister Ian Macdonald is taking legal advice on whether to call Labor senator Kristina Keneally to repeat her secret evidence that he says supports his innocence. Mr Macdonald, freed from jail last month by the ...

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Virtue-signalling Marxists are not Green

In-fighting has caused the NSW Greens to abandon the party’s key principals, writes former Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham. When I ripped up my Greens membership in December last year I labelled the NSW Greens “rotten, corrupt and toxic”. What surprised me most in the days and weeks that followed is that ...

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Appeals Court gives ministers clear view of the law

Ministers in every government — state and federal — are the biggest winners from yesterday’s courtroom victory in NSW by Ian Macdonald and John Maitland. They now have the benefit of bright-line guidance on exactly what sort of decisions will amount to the criminal offence of misconduct in public office. The ...

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Christian Porter’s proposal protects the rule of law

Christian Porter’s proposal for a federal anti-corruption commission has achieved something remarkable. The Attorney-General has positioned the Morrison government as the champion of human rights. Equally remarkable is the reality confronting Bill Shorten’s Labor Party: unless it takes great care, Labor could find itself pushed into the arms of a ...

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