NSW government considers cancelling mining licences

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell is expected to announce whether or not he will suspend or cancel controversial mining licences granted by disgraced former mining minister Ian Macdonald.

O’Farrell last night received advice from ICAC commissioner David Ipp, after requesting assistance in dealing with the suspect mining licences in the Bylong Valley region.

The licences in question include the one that covers former MP Eddie Obeid’s family farm.

O’Farrell has called a special cabinet meeting for 1:30pm to discuss the advice ahead of Question Time, The Australian reported.

It is expected the Premier will make an announcement in Question Time today.

Earlier this month, the premier wrote to Ipp asking whether there should be any amendments to the mining act and if the government should mount legal proceedings against individuals or companies involved in the suspect deals currently being investigated by ICAC.

More to come.

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