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ICAC withheld evidence: Phelps

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has been accused in state parliament of withholding exculpatory evidence that undermined the core of its corruption finding against jailed former Labor minister Ian Macdonald. The Liberal Party’s Peter Phelps told the state’s upper house this week that key parts of the exculpatory material ...

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NuCoal case key to US FTA deal

Much has been written in the past few years about free trade agreements. Most recently the federal government has taken a leadership position in concluding Trans Pacific Partnership Mark 2 (which is the old TPP without the US), and has been extolling its virtues. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop encouraged US President Donald ...

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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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