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Obeids and ICAC feel blow of The Hammer in NSW Supreme Court

There is no doubt that Eddie Obeid and his sons are, by a country mile, the big losers from this week’s ruling by David Hammerschlag in the NSW Supreme Court. The Hammer demolished their case against the Independent Commission Against Corruption and he did so using language that was guaranteed ...

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Rogue body persecutes innocents via trial by media

Our common law system with all its appeals, formalities and procedures, checks and balances, hard-won evidentiary rules developed for the protection of individual liberty, may be slow and even arcane. But the hierarchy of the courts, and the many sets of eyes that review every allegation at every point, ensure ...

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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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Former NSW police minister Mike Gallacher in disbelief over ICAC findings

Former NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher said he “no longer has faith in our justice system” after ICAC ignored his evidence and found he had intended to evade electoral laws to funnel illegal property developer donations into the Liberal Party. In an exclusive interview with The Australian, Mr Gallacher said ...

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ICAC denies duty to reveal exculpatory material

NSW’s anti-­corruption agency ­believes it is not required to disclose material that tends to exonerate those who are facing corruption inquiries. The Independent Commission Against Corruption believes disclosing exculpatory material is ­impractical because it would ­require the agency to reveal all of the information it assembles about people under investigation. ...

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ICAC’s ongoing smear shows need for reform

Former NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption commissioner David Ipp, in his response to the review of that agency by its independent inspector, knows of no one whose reputation has been undeservedly trashed by the commission. Not one single person. He refers to several people, including former State Emergency Service commissioner ...

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Jeff Salvestro-Martin, Marie Ficarra seek NSW ICAC reform

Two former politicians who have been abandoned by their parties have urged the NSW government to prevent the state’s Inde­pendent Commission Against Corruption from using public hearings to destroy the reputations of innocent people. These calls for change have been made by Jeff Salvestro-­Martin, who lost Labor Party preselection for ...

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ICAC Inspector Levine- Call to ditch NSW ICAC ‘theatre’ hearings

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption would be forced to correct its mistakes and abandon the “flamboyance and theatre” of public hearings under proposals being considered by the state government. The changes would subject the commission to an “exoneration protocol” aimed at forcing it to expunge­ adverse findings against people ...

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CORRUPTION WATCHDOG ‘WORSE THAN THE SPANISH INQUISITION’

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption suffered another setback yesterday when a newspaper editor it wanted charged with a criminal offence was exonerated by a Sydney court. John Booth, who owns and edits the suburban newspaper The Weekly Times, was found not guilty of giving false evidence to ICAC about ...

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