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Barrister blasts ICAC prosecution power plan

Prominent barrister Charles ­Waterstreet has denounced moves to grant the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption the power to initiate criminal prosecutions. “There should be an intervening prosecution body that can independently assess the value of the investigation,” Mr Waterstreet said. “Investigators have a dog in the race but if you ...

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Mike Baird bill on ICAC powers not what Nick Greiner intended

NSW Premier Mike Baird should pick up the telephone and talk to one of his predecessors, Nick Greiner, about the Independent Commission Against Corruption. When Greiner created ICAC he had a very clear view that this arm of the executive branch of government should not have the power to initiate ...

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Mike Baird should right Barry O’Farrell’s wrong

Eventually, NSW Premier Mike Baird will realise the time has come to cut adrift his predecessor, Barry O’Farrell, and make amends for abandoning due process and respect for property rights. O’Farrell is out of politics, but the impact of his greatest blunder — expropriating US assets — has tainted the ...

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US investor warns of sovereign risk after NuCoal loss

An American institutional investor has warned that it is unlikely to ever again invest in Australia because the NSW government expropriated its assets and has refused to pay compensation. Boston-based Sparta Group, which manages a global investment portfolio, is one of a group of US shareholders in Australian company NuCoal ...

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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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ICAC Won’t Lift Suppression for Parliamentary Oversight

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has refused to lift a suppression order over key documents from three completed inquiries because it believes it is not in the public interest for a committee of the NSW parliament to know what they contain. The suppression order, under section 112 of the ICAC ...

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ICAC’s Failings are Caused by its Alien Structure

One of the enduring criticisms of the NSW justice system has been its failure to secure criminal convictions against those who have already been processed by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. It’s a problem that is easily fixed. After ICAC’s catastrophic pursuit of prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC, it is becoming ...

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NuCoal Innocent says ICAC, But Still No Compensation

With a determination handed down by Justice Stephen Rothman only last week, the Court found that ICAC acted in accordance with its common law duties, however, it also made statements that bring into question Parliament’s actions in cancelling NuCoal’s exploration license with NO compensation. The Court made clear statements about ...

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