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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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