Freeze corrupt mining operations: Labor

The NSW Labor party has joined with the Greens in calling on the State Government to suspend mining and exploration licences currently being investigated for corruption.

Labor leader John Robertson said he had written to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and offered to support moves to suspend the operations.

“We want to make sure that no-one can benefit or profit from these licences and the way they’ve been issued until such time that ICAC has reached its conclusions,” he said.

“Every day we continue to see serious allegations being made and I want to make sure that Labor is working with the Government to give the people of NSW the confidence that no-one is going to profit or benefit from licences that have been issued inappropriately.”

The corruption investigation currently centres on former Labor ministers Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid and their involvement in granting exploration rights in central NSW in 2008.

Macdonald, the former resources minister, is accused of favouring Obeid in a bid to develop the region, according to AAP.

Yesterday the commission also heard Macdonald intended to reopen a mining exploration tender in 2008 to assist his mining magnate friend Travers Duncan.

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