Operation Spicer report to be furnished 30 August 2016

Friday 26 August 2016

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will furnish its investigation report into Operation Spicer to the President of the Legislative Council on Tuesday 30 August 2016 at 10:00 am.

If the President makes the report public, it will be made available for download from the ICAC website at www.icac.nsw.gov.au.

Operation Spicer primarily concerned allegations that, during the lead up to the 2011 NSW state election, certain NSW Liberal Party candidates and others solicited and received political donations which were not declared as required by the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981.

The allegations included that some of these political donations were made by and received from prohibited donors (property developers) and some exceeded the applicable caps on political donations. The Commission also examined whether in the lead up to the 2011 NSW state election members or associates of the NSW Liberal Party used, or attempted to use, the Free Enterprise Foundation as a means of disguising the true identity of donors and evading the prohibition on receiving political donations from property developers.

Further, the Commission examined whether certain members of Parliament used, or attempted to use, their power and influence to improperly benefit Buildev Pty Ltd in respect of a proposed development of a coal terminal at the Port of Newcastle.

As part of the public inquiry held in aid of this investigation, the Commission also took evidence in Operation Credo, an investigation that concerned allegations of corrupt conduct involving Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd.

As noted on the ICAC website, the Commission has been unable to progress the publication of the Operation Credo report owing to the criminal proceedings being conducted by the Director of Public Prosecutions against Mr Edward Obeid and Mr Moses Obeid.

While those proceedings arise out of the Operations Cyrus and Jasper investigations, the Commission is of the view, in accordance with section 18 of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988, that the publication of the Operation Credo report during the currency of criminal proceedings may prejudice the right of the accused to a fair trial.

Media contact: ICAC Manager Communications & Media, Nicole Thomas, 02 8281 5799 / 0417 467 801