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ICAC confirms corruption at the core of NSW Labor

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The Hon Joe Hockey MP Shadow Treasurer Coalition Campaign Spokesman

Friday 30 August 2013

ICAC confirms corruption at the core of NSW Labor

The “Operation Acacia” report released today by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) once again confirms the rotten, corrupt culture at the heart of the New South Wales Labor Party.

Today’s ICAC report concludes that Ian Macdonald engaged in corrupt conduct with former CFMEU boss John Maitland in relation to a sham deal for a “training mine” in the Hunter Valley. Previous reports found that former Labor Ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald were corrupt.

The report recommends that Mr Macdonald and Mr Maitland be referred to the DPP for possible prosecution for criminal offences.

The “training mine” in ICAC’s report was strongly endorsed by letters of support from other Labor identities including:

• Greg Combet, Labor Member for Charlton and former ACTU Secretary; • Sharan Burrow, former president of the ACTU, whom ICAC states had a “very friendly” relationship with Mr Maitland. (Of note, the report states that ICAC “tried numerous times to contact Ms Burrows (sic), without success,” and that

she “could not be called at the public inquiry, despite attempts to contact her for this purpose”); • Peter Murray, General Secretary, CFMEU Mining and Energy Division; • Kerry Hickey, Labor Member for Cessnock (Mr Hickey claims that his letter was procured by one of Mr Macdonald’s staff members, John Graham, now Assistant Secretary of the NSW ALP.)

The implications of today’s ICAC report flow right through the New South Wales Labor Party.

It was Bob Carr who promoted Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald into his Ministry. It was Bob Carr who allowed Eddie Obeid’s influence to flourish in his own faction whilst Carr was leader.

It is a matter of record that Mr Macdonald’s preselection was supported by Anthony Albanese and Doug Cameron.

ICAC’s latest report is more evidence of the rotten culture of the New South Wales Labor Party.

For years, NSW Labor has lied and dissembled about the extent of corruption in its ranks. Now the truth is coming out.

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