ICAC confirms Labor hid papers from MPs
- by: IMRE SALUSINSZKY
- From: The Australian
- March 15, 2013 12:00AM
ALMOST 900 pages of explosive documents concerning an allegedly corrupt coal deal were concealed from state parliament by the former NSW Labor government and its senior bureaucrats.
The documents, brought to light by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, were not given to the state upper house in November 2009, when it demanded all relevant papers relating to a coal-exploration licence at Mount Penny, about 125km west of Newcastle.
In hearings that ran for more than three months and concluded last week, the ICAC heard allegations the licence was granted corruptly by disgraced former NSW resources minister Ian Macdonald to advantage his Labor colleague and ally Eddie Obeid by as much as $175 million …