MacDonald accused of lying to ICAC inquiry

MacDonald accused of lying to ICAC inquiry

Former NSW Mining Minister Ian Mac Donald has been accused of lying during his third day of testimony at the Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry.

Mr MacDonald has today been challenged over allegations he ordered his department to issue a mining tenement for land in the Bylong Valley, which was owned by his former Labor colleague Eddie Obeid’s family.

Mr MacDonald says he had no idea at the time the Mount Penny tenement was issued that the land belonged to the Obeid’s.

He’s also been presented with a library Atlas he used at the time, and asked to locate Mt Penny, which he found in a number of seconds.

The Council Assisting aksed why he was able to locate it so quickly, and Mr MacDonald said he has been doing his own research, but the Council Assisting called his evidence “a load of hooey”.

The inquiry has also heard Mr MACDONALD owned 14 separate bank accounts during his time in parliament, he says he can’t recall why he owned so many accounts.

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