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(generated from captions) and an ex-union boss could both face criminal charges after a damning report by the State's corruption watchdog. The ICAC has found that former resources Minister, Ian Macdonald, acted corruptly by granting a coal exploration licence to a company chaired by his friend, ex-union leader, John Maitland. The decision went against advice from Mr Macdonald's own department and meant NSW missed out on the potential windfall of a competitive tender for the mining project in the Hunter Valley. Karl Hoerr reports. After a lengthy and at times heated inquiry, the findings are in and for the key players in this saga they don't make pleasant reading. Former mineral resources Minister, Ian Macdonald, has been referred to the DPP to consider the charge of misconduct in public office. The ICAC says in handing an exploration licence to Doyles Creek mining, Mr Macdonald act against the interests of the State, chiefly to benefit his mate, the company's chairman, John Maitland. Mr Maitland, former head of the CFMEU, has also been found to have acted corruptly. He's been referred to for the possible charges of making false or misleading statements and discussing evidence he gave at a closed hearing. Fellow investors Craig Ransley and Andrew Poole also face charges for agreeing to publish false statements. A report revealed this area had enough coal for a medium to large mine but John Maitland described his plan as a small to medium-sized mining operation. False or misleading according to the ICAC. The report has also found parts of the proposal's financial modelling were false or misleading including the cost of a mine training facility and the mine's proponents had also claimed the plan had overwhelming community support. In fact there had been significant opposition. Just last month the commission found Ian Macdonald acted corruptly over a separate mining licence involving his former Labor colleague, Eddie Obeid. All four men referred over the Doyles Creek inquiry have denied they acted corruptly. John Maitland has dismaced the findings as the views of one person and Ian Macdonald says once again he's the victim of bias and prejudice. I believe I will clear my name and that these reports will gather a lot of dust in the future.Other will no doubt have a different