18.9 C
Byron Shire
April 17, 2021

ICAC refuses to comment on West Byron

Latest News

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Other News

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith...

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Sprout lovers

Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!

Getting the right stuff in your bins in the Tweed

Tweed Council is asking residents to be more careful with what waste they put in which bin – a surprising amount of the area's refuse, both recycling and landfill, ends up in the wrong receptacle.

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

Independent Commission Against Corruption
Independent Commission Against Corruption

The media spokesperson for the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has refused to answer questions from The Echo regarding why the West Byron development was never investigated after MLC Jan Barham referred it to them.

While it’s standard practice to not comment on ongoing legal cases, there appears a general ‘no comment policy’ within the commission.

Ms Barham questioned ‘irregularities’ dating from when the site was defined in 2009. The Echo asked why ICAC will not comment, considering the question was not defamatory, nor before the courts and is in the public interest.

The spokesperson replied, ‘The commission does not confirm or deny if it has received complaints. Nor do we comment on referrals. This is to protect the integrity of the commission’s investigative work.

‘Without referring to specific matters, the general exception to this is if a matter proceeds to a public inquiry and/or report.

‘The Commission has no further comment to make in regard to this matter.’

But Section 12 of the ICAC Act says: ‘Public interest is to be paramount’.

It reads, ‘In exercising its functions, the commission shall regard the protection of the public interest and the prevention of breaches of public trust as its paramount concerns’.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Wouldn’t this be because they are using the witch hunt on Margaret Cunneen to justify the delay in tabling damaging findings on Liberal party corruption, until after the March elections?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Common courtesy

Anonymous, Byron Bay First of all, thank you to those customers who did the right thing and wore their masks in hospitality venues on the weekend. However,...

Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane blocked drains are the tip...

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith Calls for More Fairness’) in...

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration of women and protection of...