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MEDIA ALERT: Public inquiry into corruption allegation concerning former RMS employees starts Monday

Thursday 6 May 2021

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Operation Paragon public inquiry into concerning former Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) employees Alexandre Dubois and Craig Steyn will start next Monday, 10 May 2021 at 10:00 am.

The Commission is investigating an allegation that, between 2009 and June 2019, Mr Dubois and Mr Steyn partially and/or dishonestly exercised their official functions by awarding in excess of $41 million in RMS contracts, to companies with which they were associated, in exchange for receiving benefits.

As the ICAC is committed to maintaining a COVID-safe workplace, and has limited space to be able to adequately accommodate members of the media and the public, the Commission’s premises will not be open to members of the media and the public for the public inquiry. However, a pool camera and sound operator will be permitted to film and record the opening address (see the media guidelines for more information).

The Commission will live stream the proceedings via its website www.icac.nsw.gov.au, and will post exhibits (provided they are not subject to non-publication orders), transcripts and witness lists. Updates will also be provided via the ICAC Twitter account (@nswicac).

ICAC Chief Commissioner the Hon Peter Hall QC will preside at the public inquiry. Counsel Assisting the Commission will be Jason Downing SC and Caroline Spruce of Counsel.

A witness list for the first week is attached. Please note that witness lists are subject to change.* For further information, please refer to the Operation Paragon public inquiry media guidelines.

Time:        10:00 am

Date:          Monday 10 May 2021

Access:     www.icac.nsw.gov.au (click through to the live stream page from the link at “News and media” which will be available from Monday morning on the home page).        

*The Commission advises that the Operation Paragon witness list is being revised and will be published in due course.