Former minister for roads and commerce Eric Roozendaal.
Former minister for roads and commerce Eric Roozendaal.

Former NSW Labor ministers questioned

WITNESSES have been summoned to give evidence in a public inquiry as part of the corruption watchdog's investigation into the conduct of three former NSW Labor ministers.

On Tuesday, The Independent Commission Against Corruption announced it would launch the inquiry into allegations of corruption involving former primary industries and resources minister Ian Macdonald, former minister for mineral resources Eddie Obeid and former minister for roads and commerce Eric Roozendaal on November 1.

The inquiry could take more than six months and will cover three separate investigations into the dealings of each politician.

The first, Operation Jasper, examines why McMacDonald made the decision to allow for coal mining exploration in the Bylong area in 2008 and whether that decision was influenced by Mr Obeid.According to the ICAC, the first hearing also will explore whether confidential information about the expression of interest process was leaked to Mr Obeid's family.

The second, Operation Acacia, looks at the circumstances surrounding an invitation to Doyles' Creek Pty Ltd to apply for an exploration licence and "whether a recommendation should be made to the NSW Government with respect to licences or leases" in that area.

The third, Operation Indus will determine whether Mr Obeid's son, Moses, gave Mr Roozendaal a Honda CRV car in 2007 when he was still the Roads Minister.

Two directions hearings will be held before the public inquiry at the ICAC's hearing room in Sydney on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17.



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