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NuCoal seizure by NSW casts pall over US tariff talks

The NSW government’s expropriation of US-owned assets worth $131 million threatens to complicate Australia’s efforts to be exempted from threatened tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. The expropriation by NSW was raised by the Americans during last month’s talks in Washington between Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and US Trade ...

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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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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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ICAC withheld evidence: Phelps

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has been accused in state parliament of withholding exculpatory evidence that undermined the core of its corruption finding against jailed former Labor minister Ian Macdonald. The Liberal Party’s Peter Phelps told the state’s upper house this week that key parts of the exculpatory material ...

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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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