NSW ICAC inspector named amid case delays

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A new inspector has been appointed to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, following warnings it is cash strapped, forced to overlook investigations and takes too long to make findings.

After a more than 30-year legal career, including appearing before several high-profile royal commissions and judicial inquiries, Gail Furness SC will take over as inspector at ICAC next month.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman announced on Monday Ms Furness will oversee the commission as it continues its principal objectives of investigating, exposing and preventing corruption in the public sector.

The appointment on Monday comes at a time when NSW's corruption watchdog is facing several challenges and criticism, including that it takes too long to finalise cases.

In April, a parliamentary committee was told ICAC lacked resources and funding, leading to delays in its investigations, while other potential investigations were scrapped.

The commission is set to receive more funding in Tuesday's state budget.

It has advocated for an independent body to fund its work, however the new funding model Premier Dominic Perrottet announced last month will instead allow it to apply to Treasury for supplementary funds.

Ms Furness replaces high-profile defamation lawyer Bruce McClintock SC, who will take up the inspector role at the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, which monitors and reviews police investigations of their own officers.

Both will begin five-year terms in their new positions next month.

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