Federal anti-ICAC forces ‘to exploit sympathy for Gladys Berejiklian’s plight’

By Stephen Rice, originally published on October 19 in The Australian. The last time Stephen Charles QC heard the words “my little mate” at a corruption inquiry was 34 years ago, as a young barrister probing the scandal that nearly ended the reign of legendary NSW premier Neville Wran. A few days ago he listened… Read More

Border Force subject to corruption investigation after millions paid to ship builder

By Nick McKenzie and Charlotte Grieve, originally posted by the Age on 21 October. The Australian Border Force is the target of a corruption investigation over allegations that it improperly funnelled $39 million from a national security project to sharemarket-listed defence company Austal to prop up its financial position. But the investigation into the suspected corruption of the… Read More

Louise Waterhouse met with top officials and Angus Taylor over land near Western Sydney airport

Christopher Knaus, originally published in the Guardian on 17 October. Three federal infrastructure department officials and federal MP Angus Taylor separately met with Louise Waterhouse while she lobbied for potentially lucrative changes to her vast landholdings near the Western Sydney airport. The meetings, which anti-corruption experts say are a “rarity for the average citizen”, have prompted calls… Read More

Crossbench still waiting for government talks on federal anti-corruption body

By Nick Bonyhady, originally published by Brisbane Times 14 October. Months after the government said it would restart talks over its proposed federal anti-corruption body, crossbench senators are still waiting to hear from Attorney-General Christian Porter. Following renewed calls for a national integrity commission triggered by the sacking of Victorian state minister Adem Somyurek in… Read More

NSW Premier refuses to resign

By Annie Guest on AM, originally published by ABC on the 13th of October. After the political bombshell no one saw coming, Gladys Berejiklian is this morning digging in as New South Wales Premier. Her hold on power has been shaken after revelations at an anti corruption inquiry that she had a secret close personal… Read More