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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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ICAC boss Megan Latham snubbed inspector David Levine

Commissioner Megan Latham refused to meet ICAC inspector David Levine to ­answer questions about the bungled investigation into prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. The Australian can reveal Mr Levine, a former Supreme Court judge, sought the meeting with Ms Latham while compiling his report into ICAC’s pursuit of Ms Cunneen, which involved ...

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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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Mike Baird, not Turnbull, should clean up Barry O’Farrell’s mess

by: Chris Merritt, Legal Affairs Editor,  The Australian, November 13, 2015. Sooner of later, Malcolm Turnbull will inherit the mess that was left unresolved when Barry O’Farrell became the second NSW premier whose departure from politics was caused by ICAC. O’Farrell’s parting gift was a potential trade dispute with the ...

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