Public inquiry into corruption allegation concerning former RMS employees resumes 21 March
Friday 11 March 2022
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Operation Paragon public inquiry concerning former Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) employees Alexandre Dubois and Craig Steyn will resume Monday 21 March 2022 at 10:00 am.
It is expected the public inquiry will then continue on 22 and 29 March, and 4 April. Operation Paragon is examining 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.
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.
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. 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 Paragon public inquiry. There is further information in the Operation Paragon media guidelines.
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).
ICAC Chief Commissioner the Hon Peter Hall QC is presiding at the public inquiry. Counsel Assisting the Commission are Jason Downing SC and Caroline Spruce of Counsel. A witness list is attached. Please note that witness lists are subject to change.
Time: 10:00 am
Date: Monday 21 March 2022
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 c. 9.45 am on 21 March on the home page).
NSW INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION
OPERATION PARAGON PUBLIC INQUIRY
Please note that this list is subject to change.
Monday 21 March 2022
Tuesday 22 March 2022
Tuesday 29 March 2022
Monday 4 April
Reserve day if required