New South Wales

Aug 13, 2014

ICAC’s chainsaw massacre claims yet more Libs

NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell recalls some of the state's history of dodgy political donations, as riveting, career-ending testimony continues to spill forth daily from ICAC.

When Barry O’Farrell suddenly resigned as New South Wales premier in April over the Independent Commission Against Corruption revelation that he had received a bottle of Grange from a business lobbyist, his colleagues were stunned: “Resigning over a gift of a bottle of wine? What is Barry thinking? There must be something else to it.”

There was. Unlike his colleagues, O’Farrell knew in advance that worse — much worse — was to come from ICAC’s public hearings.

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14 thoughts on “ICAC’s chainsaw massacre claims yet more Libs

  1. JohnB

    So the Libs, Labor and Nationals stand accused of buying elections and of using their stooges as fronts for developers.

    At least PUP isn’t controlled by one external source of funding… oh, wait!

  2. klewso

    How “fire-walled” is the federal party – Arfur Sinodinos-wise?

  3. CarlitosM

    ^^^ klewso, maybe someone should be asking Peta and her hubby about Federal Liberal donations, him being the party’s boss and her pulling the Mad Monk’s strings…
    But if you really want to know who pulls the strings: ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY!

  4. leon knight

    I am itching to see Loughnane called before the commission – he is heavily complicit in breaking NSW laws, so being Canberra based should be no protection…

  5. Bill Hilliger

    What a laugh …ICAC meant to fix and expose Labor shenanigans has so far netted more Liberals and the end is not in sight. La, la, la! …Liberal Party wise man saying: we dig big hole or others and fall in it ourselves. Hole now not big enough.

  6. CML

    Hopefully we will see the same outcome from the plethora of politically motivated Royal Commissions currently infecting the land!

  7. GF50

    Hope they have something on Hockey and his Sydney Forum, he is a NSW elected federal representative and to say he repaid electoral funds post his election, surely is still a breach of electoral law. All of those investigated by ICAC and have been found corrupt, must face fraud of the people charges and serve a jail term? Not puny fines, considering their personal wealth. Like lawyers perhaps, lack of Fiduciary Duty, false advertising, whatever the hell they can get them on. Think outside the box!
    Public shame has no meaning to any of them, take the publics money back and sling them in a jail at least until they face charges. No bail, as they are all a flight risk, and will try to approach/intimidate witnesses.
    Our PM,s current modus operandi, when to going gets tough the “tough” (jellybacks} get going, overseas to speak to the underbutlers of the world leaders.

  8. klewso

    Is this the Hercules to flush the bestial ordure from both sides of these Augean Stables that is NSW politics.

  9. Euan J Thomas

    How much of the “Developers” money leaked or found its way into the Federal Liberal Party Coffers? We need a Federal ICAC to prevent parties from subverting state laws.

  10. CML

    @ GF50 It seems everyone else in the Coalition can pay back their electoral funds, fraudulently acquired, some of which run into thousands of dollars.
    All except Peter Slipper that is, and his $950 taxi rides! What a joke!!

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