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More grist for the mill!

Australian taxpayers are facing a $260 million legal claim under the US-Australia free-trade agreement over the alleged expropriation of four gas turbines. American company APR Energy has enlisted the support of a high-profile band of US politicians, including former Republican presidential nominee hopeful Marco Rubio, to pressure the ­government to ...

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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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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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ICAC accusations leave a trail of destruction

Murray Kear is the latest to join me as a member of the ICAC survivor’s club: found innocent in court but not exonerated by this anti-corruption agency. Kear, a former commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Service, has been exonerated by the NSW justice system after being accused of corruption ...

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Tide turning in ICAC accountability battle

There is enough material on the public record to justify a judicial inquiry into the NSW government’s anti-corruption agency. The only thing preventing that is politics — and that could be about to change. In a rational world, no government would tolerate any agency that conducted itself like the NSW ...

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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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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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