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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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The Hon Dr Peter Phelps – Speech in Parliament (06/03/2018)

Personal explanation: OPERATION ACACIA The Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS ( 15:08 ): By leave: On 14 February in this place I made a speech in relation to Mr Ian Macdonald, the granting of the Doyles Creek exploration licence and what I saw as the malfeasance of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in relation to ...

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Joel Fitzgibbon backs shareholders who lost money in NuCoal case

Federal Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon made a brief but very important intervention in the NuCoal affair this week that highlights the unjust treatment of that company’s shareholders. When the NSW Coalition government accepted ICAC’s recommendation and expropriated NuCoal’s exploration licence in 2014 it rejected an associated call for innocent parties to ...

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ICAC’s secret government talks

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has been authorised by law to engage in undisclosed communications with the state government during the course of its inquiries, according to a draft report to state parliament. The draft report, which has been prepared by ICAC Inspector Bruce McClintock SC, rejects accusations of ...

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Speech in the Federation Chamber by Joel Fitzgibbon (27/02/18)

Mr FITZGIBBON (Hunter) (16:06): I rise today in support of the 500 people in my electorate who had shares in the listed company NuCoal. People will be surprised by me raising the issue of NuCoal, because members would know NuCoal bought a mining lease in my electorate from a now discredited ...

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Sovereign risk increased in NSW- as expected!

The latest results from the well regarded Fraser Institute survey should have NSW MP’s worried. It shows that stealing people’s property has consequences! The Fraser Institute of mining companies is a well respected international survey of mining and exploration company managers that has been conducted annually since 1997. The 2015 ...

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ICAC delivers a classic Clouseau in NuCoal case

  Inspector Clouseau can be proud of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. Under the leadership of former Commissioner David Ipp, this agency conducted an inquiry into the grant of a coal exploration licence at Doyles Creek that is right out of Clouseau’s playbook. Evidence of critical importance was simply ...

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