Out: Mike Gallacher leaves NSW Parliament House on Friday. Photo: Dean Sewell
In a stunning development, the corruption inquiry into alleged Liberal Party slush funds will be “suspended” next week while investigators examine new evidence implicating former Police Minister Mike Gallacher in potential “serious electoral funding irregularities”.
Counsel assisting the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Geoffrey Watson, SC, applied on Tuesday for a suspension of Operation Spicer “to allow the investigative staff at the commission time to investigate more material which has come to hand in recent times”.
“In light of speculation on the subject, it does seem an appropriate moment to say that these activities implicate the former minister Michael Gallacher,” Mr Watson said.
Under pressure from Mr Gallacher’s barrister, Arthur Moses, SC, to reveal the evidence, Mr Watson said the commission had “sworn testimony from a reliable person implicating Michael Gallacher”.