Ian Macdonald facing prosecution over Doyles Creek licences

Former disgraced NSW resources minister Ian Macdonald is facing prosecution following the ICAC inquiry into illegal mining licences being granted.

Macdonald was found to have acted corruptly over the approval of a number of coal licence following an ICAC inquiry last year.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption carried out Operation Acacia, the investigation into the Doyles Creek coal exploration tenement approved by Macdonald to a company headed by former Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union head John Maitland and other businessmen.
It found Maitland made millions of dollars from the licence approval and that the NSW government incorporated so many false and misleading statements it amounted to fraud.
The licence was granted in 2008 and has since been described as a “financial disaster for the people of New South Wales” but a “goldmine” for John Maitland and his backers.
The inquiry also looked into whether the minister rigged a 2008 tender process to grant exploration licences over land held by the family of former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid in the Bylong Valley, finding collusion between the two parties.
It also found that Macdonald introduced legislation that not only over ruled a NSW court, but also delivered a $1 billion windfall to two mining executives.
Macdonald has been served, and is due to attend court next month, according to SBS.

He is facing charges of one count of wilful misconduct after granting the Doyles Creek coal exploration licences "without reasonable cause of justification".

The former minister is also another exploration on the same grounds.

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