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Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, SA Water Minister Ian Hunter, Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, Broken Hill graziers Rob, Kate and Katherine McBride, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Labor Senator Penny Wong and SA farmer/ irrigator Sam Dodd. Front: Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

State Govt defends secrecy for itself, transparency for others

The State Government is maintaining its opposition to public ICAC hearings in SA despite calling for an open inquiry into allegations public officials from another government colluded with industry to undermine the Murray Darling Basin Plan.


ICAC "circus won't come to town" as Labor shoots down bill

Government-aligned crossbenchers have again helped shoot down a bid to allow Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander to hold public hearings into matters of maladministration – including a looming inquiry into the Oakden facility scandal – with former Liberal Martin Hamilton-Smith insisting the move would turn the inquiry into a “circus”.


Xenophon threat could backfire in Waite: MHS

Controversial independent Martin Hamilton-Smith says a vote for Nick Xenophon’s fledgling SA Best party is a vote for a Liberal Government, after the influential senator vowed to run candidates against MPs who voted down a bill to allow for public ICAC hearings into the Oakden scandal.


Premier pulls deputy into line on cabinet secrecy

Jay Weatherill has slapped down his deputy John Rau, after the Attorney-General publicly contradicted the embattled Premier in parliament yesterday over his refusal to release cabinet documents to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption’s Oakden investigation.