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ICAC: CRAIG BAUMANN STANDS ASIDE FROM LIBERAL PARTY

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Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann has stood aside from the Liberal Party, following damning evidence at the Corruption Commission. Mr Baumann today admitted to the inquiry that he failed to disclose donations from developers Jeff McCloy and Hilton Grugeon. “I inadvertently made a dishonest declaration and I apologise,” he said. Mr Baumann also admitted to being involved in tax fraud. His accountant Vincent Heufel donated $100,000 to his 2011 campaign as part of an agreement which effected Mr Baumann’s taxable income. Mr Baumann’s company had built Mr Heufel’s home and a deal was done that he wouldn’t have to make the final $160,000 payment. This afternoon New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, released a statement saying he has “accepted the decision of Craig Baumann to stand aside from the parliamentary Liberal Party and relinquish his parliamentary positions. “I am not ... Read More »

LIVE TWITTER FEED FROM FINAL DAY OF ICAC

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Follow Jane Goldsmith’s live tweets from the final day of the Corruption Commission’s inquiry into illegal political donations. Tweets by @janegoldnbn Read More »

SWANSEA MP STANDS BY EVIDENCE GIVEN TO ICAC

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Member for Swansea, Garry Edwards, is standing firm on evidence he gave to the Corruption Commission inquiry into illegal donations yesterday. Mr Edwards made the comment in a statement released this afternoon, in which he also thanked the community for its support. “I thank the community for its immediate and continuing outpouring of support during what has been a difficult few weeks. “I have received many cards, letters, emails, phone calls, Facebook and text messages as well as face to face expressions of goodwill,” he said. The ICAC heard Mr Edwards was handed an envelope of cash from developer Jeff McCloy for ‘raffles’. The Swansea MP maintains he didn’t look at how much money was inside, instead handing it to his campaign member Max Newton. Mr Newton has since died. Read More »

ICAC: KRISTINA KENEALLY LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON FORMER COLLEAGUES

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Kristina Keneally has launched a scathing attack on her former colleagues after appearing at the corruption commission today. The former New South Wales premier didn’t hold back, describing Joe Tripodi’s efforts to bring down one of their own as “an unthinkable and unforgivable act”. Read More »

ICAC: NATHAN TINKLER DENIES ANY WRONGDOING

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It’s been a fiery day at the corruption commission, with former Hunter billionaire Nathan Tinkler demanding claims against him be withdrawn. The embattled businessman came under attack for apparent donations to a Liberal Party slush fund. Read More »

ICAC: DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT CAMPAIGN TO UNSEAT JODI McKAY

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The corruption commission has heard former Labor powerbroker Joe Tripodi ran a smear campaign against his OWN party – so he could shore-up a job post-politics with a Newcastle developer. It came as more details of the play against former MP Jodi McKay were revealed. Read More »

NATHAN TINKLER TO FACE ICAC NEXT WEEK

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Hunter businessman Nathan Tinkler will appear before the Corruption Commission’s inquiry into illegal political donations next Tuesday. A new witness list for next week was released today, which also names Swansea MP Garry Edwards, who’s stood down from the Liberal Party, as well as the Member for Port Stephens Craig Baumann. The ICAC inquiry has already claimed three Hunter politicians, with the resignations of former state MPs Andrew Cornwell (Charlestown) and Tim Owen (Newcastle), as well as Newcastle’s Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy. You can view the full list of witnesses HERE. Read More »

ICAC: McKAY ‘SHOCKED’ AND ‘APPALLED’ BY REVELATIONS

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Former Member for Newcastle, Jodi McKay, says she was “shocked and appalled and deeply saddened” by the recent revelations at the Corruption Commission inquiry into political donations. Ms McKay made the statement to the media, after appearing before the ICAC for the second time. “The last time I appeared here I thought I knew what had happened,” she said. “And then over the last couple of weeks… I realised that isn’t the case.” Despite stating the 2011 election was unfair, Ms McKay said she still held some regard for disgraced Newcastle MP Tim Owen. Meanwhile earlier today, the ICAC heard ex New South Wales treasurer Eric Roozendaal was pushing for a coal-loader in Mayfield, despite advice against it. Hunter businessman Nathan Tinkler was behind the proposal. During her testimony, Ms McKay described that period as “all out war”. She also ... Read More »

CENTRAL COAST BECOMES POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND IN WAKE OF ICAC APOLOGY

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The Central Coast became a political battle-ground today, as the Minister and Shadow Minister for the coast visited the region. It follows calls for the state government to apologise to voters, for the political turmoil caused by ICAC resignations. Read More »

ANDREW CORNWELL DENIES BEING PART OF PAINTING SCAM

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Disgraced former Charlestown MP, Andrew Cornwell, has told the ICAC that Hunter developer Hilton Grugeon lied about the sale of a painting. Mr Cornwell has denied being part of a scam to sell the Rex Newell artwork for more than $10,000. He maintains it was given to Mr Grugeon as a gift and that he was surprised when the developer offered to pay for it. Meanwhile his wife, Samantha Brookes, also took the stand today and was accused of lying about the painting. Ms Brookes told the ICAC the painting was given to her as a birthday present before her husband sold it to Mr Grugeon in late 2010. But Mr Newell maintains he was approached by Mr Cornwell’s father Brien to paint the picture, and was told it would later be sold at an auction to raise money for ... Read More »

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