Operation Paragon’s RMS corruption hearing to resume 21 March

By Melissa Coade

March 18, 2022

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The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) public inquiry concerning allegations against Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) employees is set to resume next week.

The corruption probe examining allegations against Alexandre Dubois and Craig Steyn will examine whether the men dishonestly exercised their official functions over a 10-year period. The alleged conduct relates to the award of RMS contracts to the tune of $41 million to companies the men were associated with, in exchange for benefits, between 2009 and 2019.

“The general scope and purpose of the public inquiry is to gather evidence relevant to the matters being investigated for the purpose of determining the matters referred to in section 13(2) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988,” a statement from ICAC said. 

ICAC chief commissioner Peter Hall QC will preside over the Operation Paragon inquiry with Jason Downing SC and Caroline Spruce counsel assisting. 

Public hearings will commence from 10am on Monday 21 March, and continue on 22, 29 March and 4 April.

The public inquiry will be streamed online (www.icac.nsw.gov.au) to manage the risk of COVID transmission and exhibits, transcripts and witness lists (which are not subject to non-publication orders) will be uploaded to the ICAC website. 

Only those whose presence on commission premises is deemed essential for the effective conduct of the public inquiry will be permitted on-site,” an ICAC statement read.

“Members of the public and the media will therefore not be permitted to attend the premises for the course of the Operation Paragon public inquiry.”


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