In his current inquiry into Chinese donations to the Labor Party ,ICAC Commissioner Peter
Hall QC(picture above) seems reluctant to go anywhere near the matter of Zhu Minshen and his Top Group,whose
donations to the NSW Liberal Party may have consequences for Hall's former colleagues at the NSW Bar and Bench who manage the Legal Profession Admission Board, the body that has provided Zhu the status of a law school vice chancellor.
From Neil Chenoweth's The questions ICAC isn’t asking
originally published in the Australian Financial Review 7th September 2019:
Huang has declined to testify, even by video link, though he told the AFR Weekend that the money given to Labor wasn’t his – he has never shopped in an Aldi supermarket, let alone handled an Aldi shopping bag.
(ICAC Chief Commissioner Peter) Hall slapped down Huang’s statement on Friday as unacceptable, given his refusal to appear. Even so, the inquiry keeps bumping into traces of Huang – meetings with him, phone calls that were made. Yet there have been no questions about these conversations.
This is strange for Hall's job is to gather evidence; he is no longer a Court Of Appeal judge who rules evidence in or out.
Peter Hall QC and ICAC have been provided information about Top Group by Dr Amen Lee, but ICAC will still not call Zhu Minshen