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Bret Walker’s presumption point would bring ICAC back into line

As a former president of the Law Council of Australia and the NSW Bar Association, the opinions of Bret Walker SC on questions of law are keenly sought. He has provided advice for all manner of clients, including the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. This is why politicians should pay ...

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DPP lured brain-damaged witness: ‘smacks of crusade against Obeid’

Prosecutors attempted to entice a brain-damaged witness who suffers from amnesia to give evidence against jailed former NSW politicians Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald because his evidence would significantly increase the likelihood of guilty verdicts. Extracts from emails sent to investment banker Paul Gardner Brook show the Office of the ...

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ICAC is attempting to re-try me: Murray Kear

The NSW government’s anti-corruption agency has rejected a court’s findings that say it ran an improper investigation of former emergency services commissioner Murray Kear, withheld exculpatory evidence and initiated a criminal prosecution against him without reasonable cause. According to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the magistrate who made those findings ...

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Magistrate put ICAC failings on record

To the rest of the nation, it must be hard to understand how the NSW government permits an agency of the executive to undermine public confidence in a judgment of the NSW Local Court. Normally, when the independent courts point to problems ­inside the executive, politicians move quickly to ensure ...

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ICAC needs to clean up its dirty deeds

The most extraordinary thing about corruption in NSW is that some of the worst incidents have taken place inside the agency that is supposed to be that state’s chief corruption buster. It’s as if Eliot Ness had gone rogue. Case 1: Officers of the Independent Commission Against Corruption withheld exculpatory ...

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A window into a most curious ICAC episode

Thanks to a report by ICAC inspector Bruce McClintock — and the benefits of parliamentary privilege — it is now possible to reveal what might well be a missing piece in the bizarre history of corruption in NSW. McClintock’s report, which has been tabled in the NSW parliament, outlines why ...

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NuCoal says ICAC misled parliament, calls for inquiry

The NSW government has come under pressure to hold an inquiry into its anti-corruption agency after it produced a report for parliament that relied on testimony from a man with brain damage and amnesia. That report, by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, was part of a series of reports from ...

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