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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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ICJ tells NSW to pay Macdonald’s legal costs

The International Commission of Jurists has urged the NSW government to reconsider its refusal to provide an ex gratia payment to former Labor minister Ian Macdonald so he can defend himself against criminal charges arising from decisions he made while in office. The refusal to pay Mr Macdonald’s legal costs ...

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Get a thicker skin- Watson doesn’t like the shoe on another foot!

The NSW corruption watchdog’s star barrister, Geoffrey Watson SC, has threatened powerful radio host Alan Jones with a defamation suit if he does not publicly apologise for calling him a “character assassin”. Mr Watson, the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s senior counsel assisting, sent a legal letter to Jones on December ...

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Legal challenges- the excessive abuse of power by faceless bureaucrats, keystone cops and wannabe celebrity lawyers.

One of ICAC’s highest-profile scalps, former NSW police minister Michael Gallacher, is set to return to the Baird government’s frontbench following the state corruption watchdog’s surprise move to back down in its corruption investigation over electoral donations. The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is at risk of a fresh onslaught ...

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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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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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