FORMER NSW MARITIME GENERAL COUNSEL
Mr JONATHAN O'DEA:
I direct my question to the Premier. Given the recent Independent Commission Against Corruption findings of corruption, including forgery and fraud, against former NSW Maritime General Counsel Tonette Kelly, will the public funding of Ms Kelly's defence in other criminal legal proceedings now be withdrawn and relevant expenditure to date be recovered?
Ms KRISTINA KENEALLY:
I thank the member for his question. The Independent Commission Against Corruption has released its report on an investigation into the misuse of resources by a legal officer at NSW Maritime. The report has made no findings against NSW Maritime. I am advised that NSW Maritime has accepted and will be implementing all the corruption prevention recommendations made by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. The findings against individuals will now be considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions. As to the substance of the question that the member asked, I am advised that in view of the adverse findings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, consideration will now be given to the withdrawal of ex gratia assistance and recovery of money paid to date.