Gleeson to conduct review of ICAC

Retired High Court chief justice Murray Gleeson QC. (AAP)

Retired High Court chief justice Murray Gleeson QC. (AAP)

A sweeping review of the state’s corruption watchdog will be carried out in the wake of a damning High Court ruling against the authority.

NSW Premier Mike Baird has appointed former High Court chief justice Murray Gleeson QC to look at the Independent Commission Against Corruption and make recommendations on whether its powers should be strengthened or reined in.

He is set to report back to parliament by July.

It comes after a court ruling last month that confirmed the ICAC had over-reached when it launched an inquiry into high-ranking Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC.

On Tuesday Mr Baird announced he would push through retrospective laws to ensure existing findings handed down by ICAC would stick.

The ICAC had announced, on the back of the High Court judgment, it would consent to orders sought by mining magnate Travers Duncan, John McGuigan, Richard Poole and John Atkinson to have corrupt conduct findings made against them declared invalid.

Mr McGuigan, whose appeal against the corruption tag spurred the premier to act, described the government’s plans as “totally at odds” with the principle of separated powers.

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