Controversial rule to give ICAC power to obtain illegal recordings fails disallowance motion

Labor’s own Cameron Murphy said it would have been “preferable” for the motion to have been debated before it was approved.

The former NSW Council for Civil Liberties’ president questioned why the scope of the extended powers weren’t just allowed for a single investigation. He was also concerned over the scope of the legislation which would allow unlawfully obtained evidence by ICAC to become lawful.

However Mr Murphy said the parliament needed to “trust” that ICAC required the ”extraordinary powers,” which had to be acquired through an expedited regulation process.

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