NSW ICAC MEDIA ALERT: Further Operation Keppel public inquiry starts Monday

Thursday 14 October 2021

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Operation Keppel further public inquiry will start next Monday, 18 October 2021 at 10:00 am.

The general scope and purpose of the public inquiry is to gather evidence relevant to the matters being investigated for the purpose of determining the matters referred to in section 13(2) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988. Further details about Operation Keppel can be accessed here.

The ICAC is committed to maintaining a COVID-safe work environment. The Commission has decided that, until there is a substantial improvement in the COVID-19 situation in NSW, any public inquiries will, as far as practicable, be conducted remotely by audio visual link (AVL). Only those whose presence on Commission premises is deemed essential for the effective conduct of the public inquiry will be permitted on-site. Members of the public and the media will therefore not be permitted to attend the premises for the course of the Operation Keppel public inquiry. However, a pool camera operator will be permitted to film and record the opening address.

MS Teams is the AVL technology that the Commission will use to conduct the public inquiry remotely. The Commission will live stream the proceedings via its website, www.icac.nsw.gov.au. The Commission will also upload exhibits (provided they are not subject to non-publication orders), transcripts and witness lists to the website. Updates will be provided throughout the course of the inquiry via the ICAC Twitter account (@nswicac). There is further information in the public inquiry protocol and the media guidelines on the Commission’s website.

Assistant Commissioner the Hon Ruth McColl AO SC will preside at the inquiry. Counsel Assisting the Commission will be Mr Scott Robertson and Mr Alex Brown.

A witness list for the first week is attached. Please note that witness lists are subject to change.

Time:        10:00 am

Date:          Monday 18 October 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).        




Please note that this list is subject to change. Updated 14 October 2021.

Monday 18 October
Michael Toohey

Tuesday 19 October
Paul Doorn

Wednesday 20 October
Nigel Blunden
Mike Baird

Thursday 21 October
Chris Hanger

Friday 22 October
The Hon Stuart Ayres MP
Gary Barnes