NSW Parliament - payment of a parliamentary pension to a former MP convicted of criminal offences

The ICAC investigated the circumstances surrounding the payment of a parliamentary pension to a former member of the NSW Parliament who had been convicted of taxation offences. 

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation.

In its first report, made public in February 1995, the ICAC stated that it had found no evidence of corrupt conduct on the part of any public official or former public official, but had found that the law and practice concerning the effects of a conviction of a member of Parliament are unclear and in need of clarification.

This report is no longer available online. Request the first report.

In its second report, made public in April 1996, the ICAC addressed matters including the criteria for vacating a seat in Parliament, the concept of "infamous crime" in the Constitution Act 1902, the process for calling a by-election in the event of the vacation of a seat and its relationship to the relevant legislation. The ICAC made five recommendations to address these issues, including that relevant sections of the NSW Constitution and Parliamentary Electorates and Election Act 1912 be amended.

This report is no longer available online. Request the second report.