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Barry O’Farrell victim looks to Trump for NuCoal redress

The welfare of a wheelchair-bound girl in Newcastle might not have been a priority for the NSW government when it expropriated coal exploration licences four years ago. But there is a growing view that it should have been. When that decision was made, it was portrayed by former premier Barry ...

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Joel Fitzgibbon backs shareholders who lost money in NuCoal case

Federal Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon made a brief but very important intervention in the NuCoal affair this week that highlights the unjust treatment of that company’s shareholders. When the NSW Coalition government accepted ICAC’s recommendation and expropriated NuCoal’s exploration licence in 2014 it rejected an associated call for innocent parties to ...

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ICAC’s secret government talks

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has been authorised by law to engage in undisclosed communications with the state government during the course of its inquiries, according to a draft report to state parliament. The draft report, which has been prepared by ICAC Inspector Bruce McClintock SC, rejects accusations of ...

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US disputes $131m coal seizure by NSW

Australian officials have been involved in confidential talks with the US aimed at heading off a formal trade dispute over the confiscation by NSW of US-owned assets worth $131 million. Unless the affair is resolved, Australia could come under pressure from the Trump administration to agree to international arbitration aimed ...

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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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