The premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, was in a “a close personal relationship” with a former MP when he was forced to resign from parliament amid a corruption scandal.
But the premier has denied knowing about improper conduct by the former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, telling the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Monday she “made the assumption that he was always doing the right thing”.
The NSW Icac is investigating allegations Maguire misused his position as an MP and parliamentary secretary to improperly gain a benefit for himself or for G8way International, a company he “effectively controlled”.
The inquiry previously heard Maguire sought payments to help broker deals for Chinese property developers, and helped “grease the wheels” of a deal to sell the racing heir Louise Waterhouse’s land near the proposed western Sydney airport in 2017 and 2018.
But in bombshell revelations on Monday, Berejiklian revealed she