As predicted, Dodgy ALP ratbag found to be corrupt, for the third time

The dodgy corrupt ALP ratbag Ian MacDonald has been found corrupt again, for the third time, by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Ian Macdonald and his union boss mate, John Maitland, have been found corrupt by the Independent Commission Against Corruption over a lucrative Hunter Valley coal licence issued without a tender to Mr Maitland’s company, Doyles Creek Mining.

Both have been referred to the public prosecutor for potential criminal charges, along with Craig Ransley and Andrew Poole, two wealthy Newcastle businessmen who bankrolled the project.

Earlier this month, Mr Macdonald was found corrupt by the ICAC over a rigged tender that conferred a benefit worth up to $100 million on the family of ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid.

The ICAC also found he had engaged in corrupt conduct for arranging a high-level meeting for accused murderer Ron Medich, in exchange for a suite at the Four Seasons and a prostitute named Tiffanie.

On Friday, the corruption watchdog tabled its report into the Doyles Creek Mining affair, finding that Mr Macdonald, Mr Maitland, Mr Ransley, Mr Poole and another Doyles Creek Mining associate, Mike Chester, all engaged in corrupt conduct.

It has referred evidence to the Department of Public Prosecutions for it to consider laying criminal charges: Mr Macdonald for misconduct in public office and Mr Maitland for lying to the commission.

It also suggested Mr Maitland, Mr Ransley and Mr Poole all might be charged with an offence for making false statements to the Department of Primary Industries in order to obtain the coal licence.

Many of those named also feature in the recent Liberal party attack ad.


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  • Patrick

    High price to pay for a root with a hooker called Tiffanie.
    Wonder what his cellmate will call him when he is breathing on the back of his neck?

  • AngryTory

    ICAC is – sadly – pussyfooting around because of the federal election.

    In the old days, with far less actual wrongdoing, it would declare the entire union and the entire party corrupt, and have both deregistered, That’s what needs to happen here, but ICAC is being “restrained”.