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Statement from the ICAC Commissioner, the Hon David Ipp AO QC

Thursday 24 October 2013

"As announced by Premier O'Farrell today in Parliament, I have tendered my resignation as NSW ICAC Commissioner. Due to problems with my back, I am unable to sit for long periods and this materially hinders my ability to do the job.

"I have not come to this decision lightly, but reached it after careful consideration over recent weeks.

"I have been humbled by the dedication and professionalism of the ICAC's staff during my term here, and have found the experience of working with these committed professionals over the past four years to be enriching and inspiring. I thank every one of them for their service to the Commission and the state during that time, and know that they will continue that commitment and service into the future.

"I also wish to express my gratitude to the Parliament, which has shown unwavering support of, and faith in, the Commission. The Government has provided much-appreciated financial assistance to enable it to undertake the major public inquiries into mining issues and other matters.

"All members of the Parliamentary Committee on the ICAC, who represent all sides of politics, have also been extremely supportive of the ICAC and its work, and I thank them for that.

"My term will now conclude on 24 January 2014. I wish the next Commissioner and staff well as they continue the important work of the ICAC.

"I will be making no further comment at this stage."

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