MEDIA ALERT: Operation Spicer public inquiry resumes this Wednesday

Monday 4 August 2014

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption's (ICAC) Operation Spicer public inquiry will resume this Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 10.00 am.

A witness list is attached for the first week of the inquiry. Please note that this list is subject to change.

This segment of the public inquiry will focus on, among other things, corruption allegations involving the circumstances in which the 2011 state election campaign for the seat of Newcastle was funded by the Liberal Party, and whether funds were solicited and received from prohibited donors, including Buildev Pty Ltd, Nathan Tinkler, Jeff McCloy, Hilton Grugeon and other persons and companies associated with them.

This segment will also examine whether members of Parliament (MPs), including Christopher Hartcher and Michael Gallacher MLC, solicited and received donations from prohibited donors for use in the Liberal Party 2011 state election campaign, including in the seat of Newcastle, and whether parties and persons, including Buildev Pty Lyd, Mr Tinkler, Darren Williams, David Sharpe, Mr McCloy and Mr Grugeon improperly sought to influence certain MPs by making donations during the 2011 state election campaign.

ICAC Commissioner the Hon Megan Latham will continue to preside at the public inquiry, and Counsel Assisting the Commission are Mr Geoffrey Watson SC and Mr Greg O'Mahoney.

Media are welcome to film the opening address of the segment for broadcast. Up to two pool cameras may film the opening.

The pool camera crews should be at the Commission no later than 9.45 am on Wednesday 6 August 2014, to set up for the opening.

Time:                10:00 am

Date:                Wednesday 6 August 2014

Location:          ICAC Hearing Room
                        Level 7, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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