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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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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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