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Mike Baird, not Turnbull, should clean up Barry O’Farrell’s mess

by: Chris Merritt, Legal Affairs Editor,  The Australian, November 13, 2015. Sooner of later, Malcolm Turnbull will inherit the mess that was left unresolved when Barry O’Farrell became the second NSW premier whose departure from politics was caused by ICAC. O’Farrell’s parting gift was a potential trade dispute with the ...

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Political stitch up from the start………

One day the truth will come out as to why the O’Farrell Government specifically went against the recommendation in the Clayton Utz report and sent the investigation of EL 7270 to ICAC, rather than a Special Commission of Inquiry as recommended by Clayton Utz. The report clearly stated at page 16 that ...

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When mud sticks … cost of ICAC’s rough justice

Prejudice: Chris Merritt,  The Australian, November 06, 2015 When David Levine examined the horrific way in which the NSW justice system treated Newcastle businessman Andrew Poole he did not mince his words. “This outcome represents the dysfunctionality and contradictions that exist in the environment of corruption and investigation in this ...

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POLITICIANS SPIN FILE #2

The story that ran in the SMH yesterday that the Upper House in NSW is set to dump the legislation proposed by Upton/Baird which aimed to extend ICAC’s powers is refreshing. Heartfelt thanks to Christian Democrats, Shooters and Adam Searle (mentioned in the story) and any others that feel the ...

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ICAC head Megan Latham gets a ‘please explain’ over Macdonald

by: CHRIS MERRITT,  The Australian, November 03, 2015 The head of the NSW anti-corruption agency, Megan Latham, has been asked to explain why she has refused to lift a suppression order preventing former state mining minister Ian Macdonald revealing what he told the agency in submissions.  The request for an ...

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ICAC’s Megan Latham: witness exams like pulling wings off butterflies

 The head of the NSW anti-corrup­tion watchdog, Megan Latham, was put on notice in June that she faced a possible adverse ­report due to complaints after she had likened the examination of witnesses at ICAC to “pulling the wings off butterflies”. But when she was asked to provide a statement, ...

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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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