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We don’t need a federal ICAC, says senior crown prosecutor

A senior crown prosecutor is arguing against the need for a national anti-corruption watchdog.

Margaret Cunneen SC was investigated by the New South Wales ICAC, after being accused of encouraging her son’s girlfriend to fake chest pains after a car crash.

The case was later dismissed by the High Court.

Ms Cunneen tells Ben Fordham her life was turned upside down by the probe.

“Everyone has to remember, ICACs are not courts, they are part of the executive government, they’re investigators… to police.

“But police don’t act like this, or they’d all be in jail.”

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The federal government is considering whether to set up a federal ICAC, following pressure from Labor.