On Thursday the Independent Commission Against Corruption announced that it will consent to corruption findings being set aside for four businessmen whom the ICAC had previously found to be corrupt. This case from July 2013 relating to the Mount Penny mining tenement in the Bylong Valley also involved former Labor Ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald.
The Greens today reiterated their call for the Government to back the ICAC and publicly commit to introduce amending legislation in light of last week's High Court decision.
Commenting on Monday's ICAC statement, Greens anti-corruption spokesperson, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain, said it is imperative that section 8(2) of the ICAC Act is amended to ensure the important corruption-fighting work of the ICAC continues, money is not wasted in a rush of litigation, and public confidence is restored.
Further to Wednesday’s High Court decision and the lacklustre response by the Government, the Greens have moved to ensure the Independent Commission Against Corruption retains the power to effectively fight corruption in NSW.
“It is not good enough for the Government to publicly respond to the High Court decision by simply saying it will take advice. This provides little comfort to the community still fatigued by the parade of corruption findings,” said Greens anti-corruption spokesperson, Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain.
Published 16 April 2015 - Nicole Hasham, State Politics Reporter
The Baird government is under pressure to beef up the powers of the Independent Commission Against Corruption after the High Court ruled the watchdog had no power to investigate claims against Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.
Acting NSW Premier Troy Grant on Wednesday said the government would take advice on what action is required, after the court found the ICAC lacked the powers to investigate allegations that Ms Cunneen perverted the course of justice. ... NSW Greens MP Jamie Parker said the High Court decision was "a blow to efforts to fight against corruption," and the NSW government must urgently update the state's anti-corruption legislation.
The High Court decision on Wednesday that found the ICAC had no power to investigate Margaret Cunneen indicates the NSW Government must quickly act to update anti-corruption legislation.
Commenting on the landmark High Court ruling, Greens spokesperson on anti-corruption, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain, said the state government must act on the community’s high expectations that corruption will be stamped out.
“Today’s ruling of the High Court that ICAC had acted outside its powers is a blow to efforts to fight against corruption in NSW,” said Mr Parker.
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