ICAC has become a parallel system of justice that has been stripped of the safeguards that are a feature of the courts.
The commission imposes one of the most severe penalties that could ever be inflicted upon an innocent person: a public taint of corruption. This has destroyed the reputations of innocent people, ruined their careers, hobbled their businesses and left them without an adequate means of redress.
It is is simply beside the point that the commission uses a different standard to that used by the courts. The existing safeguards and remedies are not adequate to protect the reputation of an individual being adversely affected by an ICAC investigation.
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