ICAC inquiry to probe coal exploration licence granting

FORMER New South Wales premiers Morris Iemma and Nathan Rees will give evidence when the Independent Commission Against Corruption begins its inquiry into former Labor minister Ian Macdonald next week.

The Operation Jasper segment of ICAC's current public inquiry will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr Macdonald's decision as mining minister in 2008 to grant a coal exploration licence in the Bylong Valley.

ICAC will look closely whether that decision was influenced by Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid.

The former Labor premiers and senior minister Frank Sartor are among a list of seven people scheduled to appear before the inquiry on Tuesday.

Witnesses can choose to have legal representation at the hearings.

In all 20 witnesses are expected to appear before the inquiry next week.

Operation Jasper will sit until December 14 and will resume in late January.

It is expected to continue until March.

WITNESS LIST

Monday, November 12
1. Opening

Tuesday, November 13
2. Morris Iemma
3. Nathan Rees
4. Frank Sartor
5. Peter Fitzhenry
6. Nicole Fitzhenry
7. Gregory de Ross

Wednesday, November 14
8. John Cleary
9. Garry Boyd
10. Anthony Christopher Rumore

Thursday, November 15
11. Gregory Skehan
12. Rocco Triulcio
13. Rosario Triulcio
14. Giovanni Campo
15. Dianne Nilson

Friday, November 16
16. John Gerathy
17. Christopher Shaw
18. Gerard O'Neill
19. Jodie Nancarrow
20. Justin Kennedy Lewis



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