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NSW ICAC faces its biggest test after spending $3M on a highly political inquiry

NSW ICAC is spending $3 million on investigating the past Labor government. Unless criminal charges result, there’s going to be hell to pay.

Even Fairfax agrees:

In his foreword to the latest ICAC annual report, Commissioner David Ipp, flags the current inquiry – which will also probe the involvement of former Labor ministers Obeid and Ian Macdonald in the granting of coal licences – as ”probably the largest investigation and public inquiry we have every undertaken”.
It is understood that the commission has been given about $3 million to fund the extra staff required to carry out the exercise. So, putting it bluntly, Ipp needs a result…

There is no doubt the commission’s current public hearings, which are expected to run over five months, will be a trial for Labor in NSW.
But as the week of evidence into Roozendaal’s matter made clear, it may also prove to be a significant test for the ICAC itself.

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