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Justice has a high price when it comes to defeating ICAC

ICAC investigator Paul Grainger was the last person on the planet that Andrew Poole wanted to speak to. For Poole, Grainger was the personification of his nemesis — the Independent Commission Against Corruption, whose 2013 “findings” of corruption against the Newcastle businessman must rank alongside the Margaret Cunneen affair as ...

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ICAC’s power questioned in case against Ian Macdonald

The criminal prosecution of ­former NSW politician Ian Macdonald is being partly organised by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the same ­organisation accused of suppressing exculpatory evidence that favours Mr Macdonald. The involvement of ICAC in organising people to give evidence against Mr Macdonald has raised concerns about a potential ...

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ICAC boss Megan Latham under pressure over Margaret Cunneen

The chief of the NSW corruption watchdog was under pressure last night to step down after the ­collapse of relations with the agency’s independent inspector, who found she had abused her power and oversaw unlawful ­conduct. NSW Premier Mike Baird said a damning report produced by the ICAC inspector, former ...

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One way or another, ICAC head Megan Latham must go

For too long, NSW Premier Mike Baird has avoided taking decisive action to address the rapid decline of his state’s anti-corruption agency. He can no longer avoid his responsibilities. It’s time to act. One way or another, ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham must go. Once that happens, Baird needs to ensure ...

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Nippon Gas: NSW mine grab a breach of treaty

 by: CHRIS MERRITT,  The Australian, November 20, 2015. A  Japanese company that was stripped of assets worth millions of dollars based on a recommendation from the NSW anti-corruption agency has complained that its treatment breaches a ­treaty with Australia.  Nippon Gas says it was denied the right to challenge findings ...

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Time to remove stench of ICAC ‘corruption’ claims: John Kinghorn

by: Chris Merritt, Legal Affairs Editor,  The Australian, November 13, 2015. Businessman John Kinghorn has just joined an elite club: the innocent victims of the NSW government’s Independent Commission Against Corruption. Like prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC and fellow businessman Andrew Poole, Mr Kinghorn was wrongly accused by ICAC of crime ...

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Mike Baird, not Turnbull, should clean up Barry O’Farrell’s mess

by: Chris Merritt, Legal Affairs Editor,  The Australian, November 13, 2015. Sooner of later, Malcolm Turnbull will inherit the mess that was left unresolved when Barry O’Farrell became the second NSW premier whose departure from politics was caused by ICAC. O’Farrell’s parting gift was a potential trade dispute with the ...

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