Premier fails to restore ICAC powers

The Premier announced on Tuesday that a panel will be formed with broad ranging terms of reference in regard to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption [ICAC]. However Greens spokesperson for anti-corruption, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain, said the announcement raised serious questions. “It is disappointing that the Premier has failed to respond to calls […]

Baird meeting with power bidder during election

Premier Mike Baird kept voters in the dark about a meeting he held with representatives of a Chinese government-owned grid company during this year’s state election, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. A summary of the Premier’s diary for the period 1 January to 31 March 2015 is available here. It reveals a 30 […]

Is NSW open for corruption?

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 […]

Greens support ICAC’s call for swift action

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 […]

Greens protect ICAC

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 […]

Labor and Coalition must act to strengthen corruption watchdog

Commenting on today’s High Court finding that ICAC had no power to investigate Margaret Cunneen, Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “While this is a setback, the High Court decision should not be used as an excuse by the Coalition and Labor to step away from the fight against corruption,” Senator Rhiannon said. […]

Greens back ICAC and call for Parliament to intervene

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 […]

Greens call for UoW managers to end all donations to Liberal Party coffers

Commenting on reports that representatives of the University of Wollongong have paid to attend Liberal Party fundraisers, Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “University of Wollongong’s senior managers should come clean the thousands of dollars that have flowed to the Liberal Party from the university – and several of its university-controlled entities. […]

Op ed: Our future mortgaged to the mining past

Senator Lee Rhiannon’s opinion piece on political donations from mining companies was published today. Last week, Federal Labor voted with the Liberals and Nationals to block a Senate motion calling for a ban on political donations from mining and coal seam gas companies. It seems that Labor is not prepared to back up Luke Foley’s […]