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Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp cleared of corrupt conduct

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Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The former Minister for the Hunter and Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education was referred to the watchdog in August and stripped of his portfolios after failing to disclose family property holdings in the region.

But, on Wednesday 10 April, ICAC stated it’s “satisfied there are no reasonable prospects of finding Mr Crakanthorp’s conduct is sufficiently serious to justify a finding of corrupt conduct”.

Therefore, the Commission concluded its line of inquiry.

“ICAC conducted a preliminary investigation into information referred to it by The Cabinet Office concerning whether the then Minister for the Hunter, Timothy Crakanthorp MP, had failed to declare a conflict of interest,” it said in a statement.

“The Commission has prepared a report pursuant to section 14(2) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 including the Commission’s factual and other findings concerning Mr Crakanthorp’s conduct in relation to the NSW Ministerial Code of Conduct.

“The report has been furnished to the Secretary of The Cabinet Office, and the Premier of NSW, who are the relevant public authority and responsible minister for the purposes of this matter.

“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.

“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 Commission will not be making further comment.”

At the time of Mr Crakanthorp’s removal from cabinet, Chris Minns said he had referred the matter to the ICAC after the then minister allegedly failed to declare “substantial private family holdings” relating to his wife’s family.

“He didn’t comply with his obligations as a minister by not declaring the properties, causing potential conflicts of interest for matters discussed by the cabinet and within his ministry,” the Premier explained.

Neither Mr Crakanthorp’s wife nor her family were accused of any wrongdoing.

“I welcome yesterday’s statement from the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) that they have terminated their inquiry,” he said.

“I want to thank the countless people who have offered kind words and support.

“It has truly been appreciated.

“My focus for the past 16 years, as both a councillor and a Member of Parliament, has been to serve the people of Newcastle to the best of my ability.

“That will continue to be my priority.”

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