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Baird must come clean: Foley

AAP logoAAP 30/08/2016 Miranda Forster

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has called on the Liberal Party to release details of payments from banned donors, following a damning ICAC report that found eight of its members acted to evade electoral funding laws in the 2011 election.

Mr Foley said the state's corruption watchdog had uncovered an orchestrated scam from the Liberals, and it was astonishing that Premier Mike Baird was still withholding details of political donations funnelled through the Free Enterprise Foundation.

"The challenge for him is to come clean on those donations from prohibited donors made in 2011," Mr Foley told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

Labor MP Jodi McKay, who lost her 2011 election campaign after refusing to accept money from a banned donor, said she felt vindicated by the ICAC report but added it was "a travesty" that no one will face prosecution for breaching electoral funding laws.

"That was a manipulated election," she told reporters.

"It was an election that was stolen from me, and I only have to read the report and see what ICAC has found...to understand the amount of money that went into that campaign and the fact that I stood no chance against that."

The NSW corruption watchdog found more than a dozen former Liberal members and prominent businessmen, including current MP Mike Gallacher, acted with the intention of evading political donation laws.

ICAC recommended criminal charges be brought against former Liberal energy minister Chris Hartcher for larceny, while former Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell and his wife Samantha Brookes have been referred for possible charge for giving false or misleading evidence.

ICAC no longer has the power to make corrupt conduct findings on the alleged breach of election-funding laws after the Baird government changed its legislation after the High Court's ruling on top silk Margaret Cunneen's case.

Former Labor minister Joe Tripodi should also be referred for consideration of prosecution for misconduct in public office, the ICAC's long-awaited report on Operation Spicer report said.

Mr Foley said the book should be thrown at Mr Tripodi, whom he'd tried to expel from the Labor Party 24 years ago.

"Today he's exposed as somebody who's not only corrupt but a Labor rat," Mr Foley said.

Greens MP Jamie Parker called for an urgent review of the laws against electoral corruption, and also the establishment of a Federal ICAC and uniform donation laws.

"Only in NSW can you receive a bag full of cash from a property developer in the back of a Bentley, and not be named as 'corrupt'," he said in a statement.

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