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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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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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POLITICIANS SPIN FILE #3

Baird backs extension to ICAC’s powers The recent vote in Parliament to extend ICAC’s powers to allow ICAC to initiate criminal charges continues the systematic erosion of governance standards in NSW – particularly as they relate to ICAC – under the Baird Government. To be sure the ICAC and Saint ...

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Nippon Gas: NSW mine grab a breach of treaty

 by: CHRIS MERRITT,  The Australian, November 20, 2015. A  Japanese company that was stripped of assets worth millions of dollars based on a recommendation from the NSW anti-corruption agency has complained that its treatment breaches a ­treaty with Australia.  Nippon Gas says it was denied the right to challenge findings ...

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NuCoal Innocent says ICAC, But Still No Compensation

With a determination handed down by Justice Stephen Rothman only last week, the Court found that ICAC acted in accordance with its common law duties, however, it also made statements that bring into question Parliament’s actions in cancelling NuCoal’s exploration license with NO compensation. The Court made clear statements about ...

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