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NSW ICAC's Operation Spicer fallout

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APRIL 2014

* Operation Spicer begins looking into allegations NSW Liberal MPs solicited and concealed illegal donations in return for favours.

* Barry O'Farrell resigns as NSW premier after admitting to misleading ICAC's Operation Credo over a $3000 bottle of wine accepted as a gift.

* Upper House Liberal MP Marie Ficarra moves to the crossbenches after claims she solicited a banned donation.

MAY 2014

* High-ranking prosecutor Margaret Cunneen's son's girlfriend Sophia Tilley is involved in a car crash on Sydney's north shore.

* Police minister Mike Gallacher steps down and joins the crossbench as a result of the Operation Spicer investigation.

JUNE 2014

* Liberal MPs Chris Spence and Darren Webber confirm they won't contest the next election in light of the ICAC investigation.

AUGUST 2014

* Newcastle MP Tim Owen, quits after admitting lying about returning $10,000 to banned donor Jeff McCloy.

* Andrew Cornwell, who held the neighbouring seat of Charlestown, also steps down after admitting taking $20,000 from developers.

* MP Bart Bassett follows suit over revelations he solicited donations from property developers.

* Swansea MP Garry Edwards moves to the crossbenches after evidence he accepted $1500 in the lead-up to 2011 election.

SEPTEMBER 2014

* Former NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher who stepped aside from the Liberal Party in February, leaves politics following damaging allegations at the ICAC.

* Liberal MP Craig Baumann is forced to step aside from the party after appearing at ICAC.

OCTOBER 2014

* Ms Cunneen steps aside following allegations from the ICAC she perverted the course of justice. She is accused of advising Ms Tilley to fake chest pains to avoid a blood alcohol test following a car crash.

NOVEMBER 2014

* Ms Cunneen loses a Supreme Court bid to shut down ICAC's Operation Hale.

APRIL 2015

* The High Court rules 4-1 that ICAC has no power to investigate allegations against Ms Cunneen.

MAY 2015

* The state government rushes through retrospective laws to affirm all of ICAC's findings pre-dating the Cunneen decision.

DECEMBER 2015

* ICAC Inspector David Levine releases a scathing report on the Cunneen investigation, labelling the watchdog's conduct unjust, unreasonable and oppressive.

AUGUST 2016

* The NSW corruption watchdog hands down its report on Operation Spicer. It recommends criminal charges be brought against three former state MPs.

* Former NSW Liberal energy minister Chris Hartcher is referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for the offence of larceny, while former Labor MP Joe Tripodi for the offence of misconduct in public office. ICAC also recommends criminal charges against former Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell and his wife Samantha Brookes for giving false or misleading evidence to ICAC.

* More than a dozen former Liberal Party members and prominent businessmen, including current MP Mike Gallacher, acted with the intention of evading political donation laws, ICAC found.

* Between November and December 2010, the Free Enterprise Foundation was used to channel donations to the NSW Liberal Party so the identity of the true donors was disguised, according to ICAC.

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