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Former Ryde mayor Ivan Petch in court bid to overturn corruption findings

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Leesha McKenny

Ryde’s former mayor Ivan Petch has launched a Supreme Court bid to have the corruption watchdog’s findings against him ‘‘thrown out’’.

Cr Petch, who was suspended by Local Government Minister Paul Toole after the Independent Commission Against Corruption found the councillor had engaged in numerous counts of corrupt conduct, said that the Supreme Court was ‘‘the only place I can get justice’’.

‘‘ICAC’s findings to me were identical to their accusations,’’ Cr Petch said.

‘‘They didn’t take into account anything that my barrister has submitted, and so we’re going to have the matter dealt with at the Supreme Court.’’

Cr Petch, a former Liberal state MP, said his legal representatives will use a directions hearing on Tuesday to ask the court to ‘‘expedite’’ a judicial review of the commission’s findings.

‘‘How long do you want all this nonsense ... hanging over the top of your head,’’ Cr Petch said.

‘‘We’re going to have the whole lot thrown out.’’

Minister Toole gave Cr Petch 28 days to explain why he should not be dismissed after the inquiry handed down its June 30 findings into events at the council in 2012 and last year.

Cr Petch, who was found by ICAC to have leaked confidential information in an attempt to aid his friends and smear an opponent, said he had made submission to Mr Toole ‘‘outlining the whole situation’’.

A spokeswoman for Mr Toole said ‘‘this information is being carefully considered’’.

A spokeswoman for the ICAC declined to comment.

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