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Obeids and ICAC feel blow of The Hammer in NSW Supreme Court

There is no doubt that Eddie Obeid and his sons are, by a country mile, the big losers from this week’s ruling by David Hammerschlag in the NSW Supreme Court. The Hammer demolished their case against the Independent Commission Against Corruption and he did so using language that was guaranteed ...

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NSW ICAC ‘withheld evidence’ supporting target

There are fresh accusations NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption held back ­evidence at a public hearing that would have undermined its ­narrative. The latest claims were raised by Newcastle businessman Andrew Poole, whose lawyers say ICAC seized documents that supported Mr Poole’s evidence but never made them public. His lawyers ...

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ICAC denies duty to reveal exculpatory material

NSW’s anti-­corruption agency ­believes it is not required to disclose material that tends to exonerate those who are facing corruption inquiries. The Independent Commission Against Corruption believes disclosing exculpatory material is ­impractical because it would ­require the agency to reveal all of the information it assembles about people under investigation. ...

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Private property under attack as Baird ignores rule of law

by Chris Merritt The Australian. NSW Premier Mike Baird. The planned closure of the greyhound industry will destroy part of the NSW economy estimated to be worth $335m Mike Baird’s state government likes to portray itself as a friend of business. But if it is truly committed to strengthening the ...

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Jeff Salvestro-Martin, Marie Ficarra seek NSW ICAC reform

Two former politicians who have been abandoned by their parties have urged the NSW government to prevent the state’s Inde­pendent Commission Against Corruption from using public hearings to destroy the reputations of innocent people. These calls for change have been made by Jeff Salvestro-­Martin, who lost Labor Party preselection for ...

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ICAC Inspector Levine- Call to ditch NSW ICAC ‘theatre’ hearings

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption would be forced to correct its mistakes and abandon the “flamboyance and theatre” of public hearings under proposals being considered by the state government. The changes would subject the commission to an “exoneration protocol” aimed at forcing it to expunge­ adverse findings against people ...

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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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‘Don’t act like a banana republic’: US business warns Australia

A leading US business lobby group has warned the federal government that Australia risks being wrongly perceived as “a banana republic” because of an ICAC-driven expropriation of American assets. This assessment, by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, has been triggered by the NSW government’s refusal to compensate US ...

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Arrogant ICAC continues to blunder along.

ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham has made the extraordinary admission that the NSW corruption watchdog has not learned any great lessons from its flawed, discredited and unlawful investigation into one of Sydney’s leading prosecutors, Margaret Cunneen SC. The Australian revealed that the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s pursuit of Ms Cunneen involved ...

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