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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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NSW ICAC kept witness’s amnesia report secret for five years

The NSW government’s anti-corruption agency faces accu­sations of misleading parliament after evidence emerged showing it had failed to disclose that one of its most important reports ­relied on evidence from a brain-­damaged witness who had ­amnesia. The witness, investment banker Paul Gardner Brook, has a cognitive impairment after a frontal lobe ...

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ICAC leaps ahead but stumbles at vital hurdle

It has taken a while, but the NSW government’s anti-corruption agency is showing signs of having learned something from its recent history. Initiatives unveiled by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption have the ­potential to change this agency’s procedures for the better. A chief executive is to be appointed and ...

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How ICAC got it wrong on Ransley, embarrassing NSW

This week’s exoneration of businessman Craig Ransley has provided a very important lesson for the NSW government and that state’s media, if they are willing to learn. Five years ago, a NSW government agency conducted an inquiry that, unlike the courts, was not at arm’s length from the government and ...

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ICAC should be investigated over mine licence evidence

Thanks to the latest disclosure under parliamentary privilege, it is now arguable that one of the most important reports on corruption ever presented to the NSW parliament was so misleading it ­deserves to be pulped. The 2013 report on Operation Jasper, by the state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption, ignored secret ...

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NuCoal seizure by NSW casts pall over US tariff talks

The NSW government’s expropriation of US-owned assets worth $131 million threatens to complicate Australia’s efforts to be exempted from threatened tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. The expropriation by NSW was raised by the Americans during last month’s talks in Washington between Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and US Trade ...

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ICAC ruling puts a criminal cloud over ministerial discretion

At least one member of the NSW parliament has twigged to the implications of last year’s conviction of former Labor minister Ian Macdonald for misconduct in public office. The Liberal Party’s Peter Phelps spelled out those implications on Tuesday in a statement to the state’s upper house that should send ...

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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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