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ICAC HEARING INTO FORMER I.T. MANAGER BEGINS

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The ICAC has heard allegations that a former I-T manager swindled more than $113,000 from three universities. Brett Roberts is accused of issuing fake invoices to the University of Sydney, Macquarie University¬†and the University of Newcastle, between 2005 and 2013. Most of the alleged false invoices were presented from Management and Professional Services, a company owned by a former colleague and friend. The hearing continues. Read More »

ICAC TO INVESTIGATE FORMER UNIVERSITY IT MANAGER

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A former IT manager is being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, for allegedly issuing false invoices to three universities, including the University of Newcastle. Brett Roberts is accused of corruptly obtaining benefits by making sham invoices during his employment in Newcastle, as well as the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, between 2005 and 2013. Operation Mistro will begin on February 16. Read More »

FINDINGS FROM OPERATION SPICER DELAYED

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The findings from the ICAC’s explosive Operation Spicer inquiry won’t be handed down until March at the earliest. The corruption commission was due to release its report this month, but now says it won’t complete the findings until the Margaret Cunneen case is resolved. There’s also another potential delay, with former Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy’s High Court challenge to political donation laws, moved to the second week of June. It could have major implications for politicians and developers caught up in the investigation.   Read More »

THAT’S A WRAP! CENTRAL COAST NEWS IN REVIEW

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As another year draws to a close, we take a look back at what made news on the Central Coast in 2014. The region has seen a lot of change, from big developments to super-fast broadband – but nothing so sweeping as the ICAC inquiry. Read More »

JOHN SINGLETON THREATENS TO RUN OWN CANDIDATES FOR ‘FORGOTTEN’ CENTRAL COAST

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It’s been battered and bruised by I-C-A-C investigations, so businessman John Singleton is going into bat for his beloved Central Coast, in the lead up to the state election. The multi-millionaire is threatening to run his own candidates, if the government and the opposition fail to commit serious funds to revive the region. Read More »

BAUMANN CONTINUES TO DENY CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

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Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann continues to deny allegations he ‘hid’ developer donations, today re-affirming his position to state parliament. He denied any wrongdoing during his brief members’ statement, which may be his last address with only a few sitting days left. Mr Baumann moved to the cross bench in September after admitting to not disclosing almost $80,000 of donations from two developers during his 2007 election campaign. The Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigation whether those payments were hidden in order to conceal benefits he exchanged with the donors. Mr Baumann insists his failure to not disclose the donations was a mistake. “In my case, I did not receive one cent from banned donors,” he told the chamber. “I’ve made a mistake with one declaration that did not affect the result of the 2007 or 2011 election.” The ICAC ... Read More »

UPDATED: McCLOY APOLOGISES FOR BIRTHDAY CAKE BLOOPER

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Former Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy has apologised for a birthday cake blooper, which has sparked plenty of debate on social media. Mr McCloy is seen smiling with his cake – a brown paper bag surrounded by $100 notes. In a statement, he said “what occurred at my surprise birthday party was a case of bad judgement made by one of the guests who provided the cake. “I am fully aware of the seriousness of the current ICAC investigation and its ramifications. I sincerely apologise that this has occurred.” The photos were originally shared on the Lucky Hotel’s Facebook Page, a hotel owned by Mr McCloy, before being deleted. The ICAC heard Mr McCloy handed bundles of cash in brown paper bags or envelopes to two Hunter MPs, who later resigned. Read More »

BY-ELECTION BALLOTS DRAWN

Steve O’Brien from the Socialist Alliance party has drawn the top spot on the ballot paper for Newcastle’s state by-election. Labor candidate Tim Crackanthorp and The Greens’ Michael Osbourne drew second and third position. Meanwhile Independent Luke Arms has taken poll position on the ballot for Charlestown. Both by-elections, to be held on October 25, will be without a candidate from the New South Wales Liberal Party. It comes in the wake of damning evidence given at the ICAC’s inquiry into illegal donations during the 2011 state election. The former members of Newcastle (Tim Owen) and Charlestown (Andrew Cornwell) resigned after admitting to receiving donations from prohibited donors. Read More »

PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS CALLED FOR PLANNING INQUIRY

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Public submissions are now open, as a parliamentary committee examines planning processes in Newcastle and the Hunter. It follows startling ICAC revelations about political donations to Hunter MPs – and concerns about the influence of developers. Read More »

PREMIER ACCEPTS BAUMANN’S DECISION TO STAND DOWN

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Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann has stood aside from the Liberal party following his appearance at the ICAC today. He’s the tenth state Liberal MP to join the cross bench and it follows the resignation of Hunter MPs Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell. Read More »

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