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Crucial decision for misconduct in public office

Repercussions from a brief hearing yesterday in the NSW Supreme Court are set to affect every politician and public official. The circumstances in which they risk criminal prosecution over decisions that bestow benefits are now more certain. This will act as a long-overdue guide for anti-corruption commissions whose work, until ...

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Keneally evidence ‘withheld’

The extraordinary tale of Ian Macdonald has a very clear lesson: the findings of the NSW government’s anti-corruption commission are not conclusive and anyone who treats them as such does so at great risk. The quashing of Macdonald’s conviction for misconduct in public office by the NSW Court of ­Appeal ...

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Ex-premier’s secret evidence ‘must be heard: Ian Macdonald

After having his criminal conviction quashed and being ordered to face a retrial, former NSW minister Ian Macdonald is taking legal advice on whether to call Labor senator Kristina Keneally to repeat her secret evidence that he says supports his innocence. Mr Macdonald, freed from jail last month by the ...

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Appeals Court gives ministers clear view of the law

Ministers in every government — state and federal — are the biggest winners from yesterday’s courtroom victory in NSW by Ian Macdonald and John Maitland. They now have the benefit of bright-line guidance on exactly what sort of decisions will amount to the criminal offence of misconduct in public office. The ...

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The Hon Dr Peter Phelps – Speech in Parliament (15/05/2018)

OPERATION ACACIA The Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS ( 17:54 ): I once again raise my concerns about Operation Acacia, an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption [ICAC] into the Doyles Creek Training mine. One of the allegations raised against the Doyles Creek operation was that it was not a serious training mine because ...

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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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