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Federal ICAC backers must learn from state wrongs

So far, the collateral damage ­inflicted on the innocent has been given insufficient attention by those who are clamouring for a federal equivalent of the NSW ­Independent Commission Against Corruption. That needs to change. The NSW experience should be closely examined to ensure the commonwealth does not follow this state’s ...

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Margaret Cunneen calls for ICAC review system

NSW prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC has called for the state’s anti-corruption agency to be subjected to a new system of merits ­review aimed at weeding out mistakes that currently remain ­uncorrected. Ms Cunneen questioned why those who are found to be corrupt by ICAC, but who are never charged with ...

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Bret Walker’s presumption point would bring ICAC back into line

As a former president of the Law Council of Australia and the NSW Bar Association, the opinions of Bret Walker SC on questions of law are keenly sought. He has provided advice for all manner of clients, including the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. This is why politicians should pay ...

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DPP lured brain-damaged witness: ‘smacks of crusade against Obeid’

Prosecutors attempted to entice a brain-damaged witness who suffers from amnesia to give evidence against jailed former NSW politicians Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald because his evidence would significantly increase the likelihood of guilty verdicts. Extracts from emails sent to investment banker Paul Gardner Brook show the Office of the ...

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ICAC is attempting to re-try me: Murray Kear

The NSW government’s anti-corruption agency has rejected a court’s findings that say it ran an improper investigation of former emergency services commissioner Murray Kear, withheld exculpatory evidence and initiated a criminal prosecution against him without reasonable cause. According to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the magistrate who made those findings ...

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Magistrate put ICAC failings on record

To the rest of the nation, it must be hard to understand how the NSW government permits an agency of the executive to undermine public confidence in a judgment of the NSW Local Court. Normally, when the independent courts point to problems ­inside the executive, politicians move quickly to ensure ...

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