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Australian taxpayers are facing a $260 million legal claim under the US-Australia free-trade agreement over the alleged expropriation of four gas turbines. American company APR Energy has enlisted the support of a high-profile band of US politicians, including former Republican presidential nominee hopeful Marco Rubio, to pressure the ­government to ...

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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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Private property under attack as Baird ignores rule of law

by Chris Merritt The Australian. NSW Premier Mike Baird. The planned closure of the greyhound industry will destroy part of the NSW economy estimated to be worth $335m Mike Baird’s state government likes to portray itself as a friend of business. But if it is truly committed to strengthening the ...

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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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‘Don’t act like a banana republic’: US business warns Australia

A leading US business lobby group has warned the federal government that Australia risks being wrongly perceived as “a banana republic” because of an ICAC-driven expropriation of American assets. This assessment, by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, has been triggered by the NSW government’s refusal to compensate US ...

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