Australian Ex-ministers to Face Mining Corruption Allegations
IRJ -- August 7 -- Three ex-ministers are to be put under the scrutiny of Australia’s corruption watchdog in connection with “corruption allegations” relating to the awarding of coal exploration licences.
ICAC announced its inquiry will begin in November and run at least six months.
The summonses began being served late last week for witnesses being called to the public inquiry.
In a media release issued Tuesday, the ICAC announced that the public inquiry was to be part of three investigations (Operations Jasper, Acacia and Indus) it has been conducting. The investigations involve the former NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Mineral Resources, the Hon Ian Macdonald MLC, former MP, Edward Obeid and former Minister for Roads and Commerce, Eric Roozendaal.
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