Attorney-General John Hatzistergos is outraged by details of the conference and he "levelled a stunning attack" on NSW chief prosecutor Nicholas Cowdery, claiming he is not capable of managing his $100 million budget and 600 staff.
Cowdery, meanwhile, has rejected the claims.
The A-G has ordered an urgent inquiry into why the Director of Public Prosecutions failed to supply staff for court sittings in the Hunter and New England, citing a lack of money, so soon after allowing a quarter of his prosecutors to attend the conference, the newspaper reports.
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