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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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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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Another example of NSW having double standards! How is this justice Mike Baird?

SPIN FILE #5 Earlier this week John Maitland, who was the Chairman of Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd for a period before the company was purchased at arm’s length by NuCoal in February 2010, was sentenced after being found guilty of intentionally giving misleading evidence to the ICAC during public ...

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Sovereign risk increased in NSW- as expected!

The latest results from the well regarded Fraser Institute survey should have NSW MP’s worried. It shows that stealing people’s property has consequences! The Fraser Institute of mining companies is a well respected international survey of mining and exploration company managers that has been conducted annually since 1997. The 2015 ...

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Who’s responsible to ensure ICAC follow rules? It seems no-one!

Sydney silk Geoffrey Watson SC has denied exercising any power when he was counsel assisting for the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. Mr Watson has told the NSW Supreme Court he was simply performing a function when he was ICAC’s counsel assisting and was required to carry out that function ...

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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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