High Court dismisses ICAC power challenge

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The High Court has dismissed a challenge to laws governing ICAC powers brought by mining businessman Travers Duncan.

The current laws ensuring findings of corrupt conduct are found will stand, the ABC reported.

Duncan told the High Court last month that ICAC’s new powers were unconstitutional as they negate the powers of the Supreme Court over ICAC, after ICAC found that Duncan had engaged in corrupt conduct by concealing the involvement of the Obeid family in a Hunter Valley mining tenement.

The laws were introduced earlier this year following a court ruling in favour of NSW crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.