ICAC drops corruption probe into ex-NSW minister Tim Crakanthorp

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The NSW corruption watchdog has cleared dumped Labor minister Tim Crakanthorp who was stood down over allegations he failed to declare conflicts of interest and may have made a “significant breach of ministerial conduct”.

NSW Premier Chris Minns announced last August he had removed Mr Crakanthorp from his ministerial portfolios of skills, TAFE, and tertiary education, as well as the Hunter, after the Newcastle MP had failed to declare significant land holdings owned by his family.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) said it would not be pursuing further action against Mr Crakanthorp.

“As the commission is satisfied that there are no reasonable prospects of finding Mr Crakanthorp’s conduct is sufficiently serious to justify a finding of corrupt conduct, it has terminated its investigation,” the statement said.

The ICAC said the premier and the Cabinet Office secretary Kate Boyd, who were the “relevant public authority and responsible minister for the purposes of this matter”, had been informed.

“The report has been provided so that they are appraised of the outcome of the commission’s investigation, the commission’s findings and for the purpose of taking any action they consider appropriate,” the statement read.

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