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TIM OWEN ADMITS HE LIED TO ICAC

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In a sensational development, Newcastle MP Tim Owen has admitted lying to the ICAC about returning $10,000 in cash he received from a Hunter developer. While in the stand yesterday, Owen said he returned the envelope of $100 bills to Jeff McCloy, a day after taking it during a meeting on Hunter Street. It’s been revealed Owen met with McCloy on Sunday, where he agreed he would tell the ICAC he was given about $2,000 by the Newcastle mayor but returned it the following day. This morning he admitted to the Corruption Commission, “I kept it.” Now in its fourth day, the inquiry is examining whether Liberal MPs Andrew Cornwell and Tim Owen accepted illegal donations during the 2011 state election. Read More »

MORE REVELATIONS AT ICAC AS TIM OWEN TAKES THE STAND

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Another day at the ICAC, and another revelation about an envelope full of $100 notes being handed over by Newcastle developer, now Lord Mayor, Jeff McCloy. Newcastle Liberal MP Tim Owen took the witness stand for the first time, admitting he DID receive illegal donations from six Hunter developers during his 2011 election campaign. Jane Goldsmith filed this report from the ICAC a short time ago. Read More »

ICAC INQUIRY TO FOCUS ON NEWCASTLE

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Alleged donations made by Hunter developers, including Hilton Grugeon and Jeff McCloy to the Liberal Party’s 2011 state election campaign for the seat of Newcastle, will be the focus of a new round of ICAC hearings. The ongoing inquiry – due to resume next Wednesday – is examining whether MPs solicited and received donations from prohibited donors. It will also investigate whether developers improperly sought to influence members of parliament. For more information and the media release from ICAC, click HERE. Read More »

HARTCHER DENIES COLLECTING BANNED DONATIONS IN ICAC INQUIRY

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PHOTO: ICAC exteriors.  Central Coast MP Chris Hartcher was front and centre again today, as the long-running ICAC inquiry into alleged cash-for-favours wound up. The former New South Wales minister denied collecting money from banned donors to fund election campaigns for Liberal candidates. He also refuted accusations that he pocketed some of the money. Mr Hartcher and his supporters again tried to avoid cameras and questions with another carefully planned exit strategy – heading to a basement carpark where a vehicle was waiting with its engine running. The next round of hearings begins in August. (NO AUDIO) Read More »

ICAC INQUIRY BECOMES SCREAMING MATCH

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PHOTO: ICAC building.  It’s meant to be the keeper of New South Wales integrity, but today the corruption commission resembled a school yard, descending into a screaming match when former Energy Minister Chris Hartcher took the stand. The charade was capped off by his chaotic and bizarre exit from the building Read More »

NATHAN TINKLER PREPARES TO TAKE THE STAND IN THE ICAC

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He’s the witness the corruption inquiry has been waiting for. Nathan Tinkler – mining magnate and Newcastle Knights owner – was forced to wait to give evidence late today… but that didn’t stop him levelling accusations of lies and character assassination. Read More »

NORTHERN RIVERS RESIDENTS REJOICE AS CSG LICENCE SUSPENDED

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Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham, has welcomed the suspension of Metgasco’s north coast coal seam gas (CSG) drilling licence, after the government said the company had not undertaken effective community consultation. “This is a fantastic win for the people of the Northern Rivers that have united in great spirit and determination to protect their land, water and community,” said Mr Buckingham. The Bentley mine project has attracted fierce opposition from locals and the suspension comes just days before thousands were expected to blockade the site. Lismore mayor, Jenny Dowell, said the people of Lismore are thrilled at the decision. “This is fantastic news… I can’t tell you how excited and thrilled the people up here are”. Resources and Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts said the company had not undertaken genuine and effective consultation, as required by the licence. Metgasco is currently ... Read More »

A GOVERNMENT IN MELTDOWN AS ICAC CLAIMS LATEST VICTIM

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A Government in meltdown – that’s how the New South Wales Liberal Party has been described as the corruption commission claimed its latest victim today. The state’s police minister, Mike Gallacher, was forced to resign after bombshell evidence emerged, putting him in the middle of a massive cash-for-favours cover-up. Read More »

ICAC HEARS CLAIMS OF CORRUPTION ABOUT NSW POLICE MINISTER

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PICTURED: ICAC  The ICAC has heard claims NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher and former cabinet member Chris Hartcher hatched a plan to disguise banned political donations in the NSW Liberal Party. Darren Williams, a senior executive at Nathan Tinkler’s Buildev company, told the inquiry today he lobbied both men over a potentially lucrative coal terminal on former BHP land in Newcastle. However he denied putting together the plan for corrupt donations with Mr Gallacher, Mr Hartcher and former Hartcher staff member Tim Koelma. Mr Williams has denied that banned donations to the Liberal Party were funnelled via Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack stud farm. “It was through him that the two of you hatched a corrupt scheme to make donations to the Liberal Party using the EightByFive business,” counsel asked. “No,” the witness replied. It follows extraordinary scenes at the ICAC yesterday. ... Read More »

EXTRAORDINARY SCENES AT ICAC

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There were more extraordinary scenes at the ICAC today. Former Labor Member for Newcastle Jodi McKay broke down when she heard that members of her OWN party were behind a smear campaign against her. The reason? She refused to be bought. Read More »

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