Department of Education and ministerial staff - matters arising from a ministerial statement to the Legislative Assembly

The ICAC investigated whether public officials acted improperly in relation to circumstances arising from a statement by the then Minister for Education and Training in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament on 10 April 2001. The Minister's statement concerned entries in a high school student’s diary, including descriptions of suicide and doing a ‘replica’ of the Columbine High School massacre. The ICAC's investigation focused on two specific matters:

  • whether public officials improperly ordered the NSW Police Media Unit to withdraw a media statement that contradicted the Minister's statement that police had been contacted about the incident, and
  • whether public officials falsified advice to the media that the student had access to a gun.

In the report on its investigation, made public on 10 August 2001, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person and stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.

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