The man who prompted the downfall of former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian is next in line for a grilling from the state’s anti-corruption watchdog, as it looks into whether their secret relationship was a breach of public trust.
Former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire was originally under the microscope when the Independent Commission Against Corruption launched public hearings into his business dealings last year.
Daryl Maguire is expected to appear at the inquiry after 9.30am AEDT. You’ll be able to watch the hearing LIVE in the video player above when it’s available.
But when Berejiklian in the witness box sensationally revealed their clandestine relationship, which spanned several years, it sparked a separate investigation into her own conduct which resulted in her stepping down on October 1.
ICAC is investigating whether she breached the public’s trust when she failed to disclose her relationship with Maguire as she dealt with projects he was pushing for his electorate.
The evidence so far has focused on two grants given to pet projects of Maguire – a $5.5 million upgrade to the Wagga Wagga Clay Target Club and a $20.5 million plan to build a recital hall for the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.
The inquiry, which is drawing near to the end of its second week, has heard from a number of witnesses that Maguire was a forceful advocate for the projects.
Former deputy premier John Barilaro called him a “pain in the arse”, while a senior bureaucrat from the Department of Regional NSW described him as “particularly pesky backbencher”.
Former premier Mike Baird said Maguire was someone who “relentlessly pursued his own agenda”, and was at times aggressive and abusive towards staff, public servants and other MPs.
– with AAP