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Reputational damage at heart of ICAC probe into Operation Bandicoot

In October 2014, when Bruce Lander was South Australia’s ­Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, he issued a press release with a jaw-dropping headline: “Six South Australian police officers arrested as a result of investigation headed by the ­Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.” The arrests were the result of an investigation known as ...

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Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald verdict can give clarity on official misconduct

The conspiracy trial of former NSW politicians Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald is drawing to a close. And it is already clear that the verdict, whatever it is, will provide guidance for government ministers and public servants about the nature of misconduct in public office. When the judgment is delivered ...

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Bleak pace of ICAC justice

In Bleak House, Charles Dickens had to invent the marathon case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce in order to poke fun at slow justice. In contemporary NSW, there is no need for such fiction. Reality is bad enough. Dickens, unlike some in NSW, was aware that justice delayed is justice denied ...

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Richard Poole an innocent man paying the price for ICAC blunder

Last month, when Richard Poole told his appalling story to a committee of the NSW parliament, he faltered, apparently close to tears. After what happened to him at the hands of the state’s anti-corruption commission, and the impact it had on his children, the politicians in that hearing room seemed ...

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Government’s response to the Recommendations of the Law and Justice Committee of the NSW Parliament regarding Compensation for NuCoal shareholders

One of the most infamous of Commissioner Ipp’s investigations was Operation Acacia.  This was the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the grant of an Exploration Licence (EL) at Doyles Creek in the NSW Hunter Valley.  In late 2013 Ipp found that five persons were corrupt – Minister McDonald, former miners’ ...

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NSW Parliamentary Enquiry into ICAC’s “Judgements” started

ICAC is back in the news with the NSW Parliament’s Committee on the ICAC – the group that oversees ICAC on behalf of the Parliament – releasing a Discussion Paper on the reputational impact on an individual being adversely named in the ICAC’s investigations.  This discussion paper was mooted last ...

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Alan Jones continues to push the compensation issue for NuCoal shareholders

During his last week on air, Alan Jones spoke with a NuCoal shareholder and continued to express his concerns about the lack of action by the NSW Government to compensate innocent NuCoal shareholders. Listen to the broadcast here: https://omny.fm/shows/the-alan-jones-breakfast-show/alan-jones-full-show-podcast-26th-may-2020?t=22m39s

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