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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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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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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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