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Craig Ransley: Evidence withheld by ICAC

If Craig Ransley is right, the main reason he is not in prison is the change in approach that has taken place at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. ICAC found Mr Ransley corrupt in 2013 and later provided evidence to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions that had been ...

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Shame shared by MPs for cost to investors caused by falsehoods

A government that acts unjustly does not deserve its title. Nor should we condone a government that misleads its backbenchers. In January 2014, my colleagues and I were recalled to parliament by then premier Barry O’Farrell to enact the Mining Amendment (ICAC Operations Jasper and Acacia) Bill 2014. It proposed ...

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What caused this second mistake at ICAC, venality or ineptitude?

This is not the first time the NSW anti-corruption agency has withheld exculpatory evidence. But it needs to be the last. It has now happened under two commissioners: David Ipp was in charge at the time Craig Ransley was caught up in the Acacia inquiry; and Megan Latham had replaced ...

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The truth starts to emerge!

When Peter Phelps read in this space last week about the latest incident involving the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, he was intrigued. Thanks to a threat of defamation proceedings by former ICAC commissioner David Ipp, this newspaper was only able to provide the barest outline of serious accusations that ...

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The Hon. Dr Peter Phelps “We may have been misled by the then Premier into introducing and passing three bills that have expropriated a property right completely unjustifiably”

The Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS ( 00:38 ): Last Friday the Age published an article by Chris Merritt relating to  allegations that have been raised against former Independent Commission Against Corruption [ICAC] Commissioner Ipp and the conduct of the inquiry known as the Jasper inquiry. I found the article quite compelling and ...

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Doubts on key witness in ICAC probe

One of the main players featured in the latest complaint lodged with ICAC inspector Bruce McClintock SC is Gardner Brook, an investment banker with a colourful past. Brook was one of the key witnesses at the ICAC inquiry known as Operation Jasper, which examined the manner in which the NSW ...

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Don’t repeat any allegations, Ipp warns paper

Former ICAC commissioner David Ipp has warned The Australian that publication of allegations against him that are being con­sidered by ICAC Inspector Bruce McClintock SC would be defamatory. Those allegations are outlined in a complaint that has been lodged with Mr McClintock by businessmen John McGuigan and Richard Poole and associated companies. ...

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Two former Liberal MPs want an inquiry after the Crown Solicitor found in their favour

Two former members of the NSW parliament have called for an inquiry to determine how the state’s anti-corruption agency made critical legal errors that led to the destruction of their political careers. Their calls have been triggered by a legal opinion from the Crown Solicitor’s office that has the effect ...

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CORRUPTION WATCHDOG ‘WORSE THAN THE SPANISH INQUISITION’

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption suffered another setback yesterday when a newspaper editor it wanted charged with a criminal offence was exonerated by a Sydney court. John Booth, who owns and edits the suburban newspaper The Weekly Times, was found not guilty of giving false evidence to ICAC about ...

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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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