Secret records of Berejiklian and Maguire were accidentally released

Secret records of Berejiklian and Maguire were accidentally released
Secret records of Berejiklian and Maguire were accidentally released
It is the latest development in a week of sensational revelations at ICAC about Ms. Berejiklian’s five-year secret relationship with the shamed former Wagga MP, which has forced the Prime Minister to repeatedly defend her integrity and judgment.

Separately, more than 2200 pages of documents were released late Thursday by the ICAC showing that Ms. Berejiklian had dinner at Mr Maguire’s home with his closest business partner, who had an induction service and cash-for-money in the former MP’s parliamentary office Visa system operated.

The documents, mainly transcripts of interviews conducted by ICAC investigators, also show the extent to which the corruption investigation has spread among the ranks of the NSW parliament.

In the documents, Wagga Wagga high school teacher Karen Barbey, partner of Mr. Maguire’s longtime friend and business associate Phil Elliott, senior ICAC investigator Paul Grainger, said she had met Ms. Berejiklian at least three times.

Mr. Elliott was a director of G8wayinternational Pty Ltd, which provided an induction service and cash-for-visa system to Chinese groups of companies, and promoted access to “high levels of government”.

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Mr Maguire announced to the ICAC on Wednesday that he had turned his parliamentary office into a part-time headquarters for G8wayinternational, which he tacitly ran.

In her evidence to ICAC on Monday, Ms Berejiklian said she knew Mr Elliott through the Liberal Party and that he had led Mr Maguire’s election campaign.

“I also assumed they had common interests, but I didn’t know what they were. I assumed they had a business relationship, but I didn’t know what it was, ”Ms. Berejiklian said.

Ms. Barbey told the ICAC that she had met Ms. Berejiklian at an event and once at “Daryl”.

On a third occasion, she said she and Mr. Elliott had dinner with the Prime Minister and Mr. Maguire at Romano’s Wagga Wagga Restaurant – “just the four of us”.

Daryl Maguire will join the ICAC on Thursday before another day of questioning.Recognition:Nick Moir

The transcripts also reveal government officials interviewed as part of the investigation, including Minister Melinda Pavey, former Commerce Secretary Niall Blair, Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies, and Davidson MP Jonathon O’Dea.

Ms. Davies, who described her relationship with Mr. Maguire as “only professional”, said he approached her in the Parliament Halls in 2018 and asked her to meet with racing driver Louise Raedler Waterhouse.

Ms. Davies recounted the conversation between the two and said the Wagga MP had asked, “Hey Tan, you need to meet with some voters and Louise Waterhouse over the country in west Sydney … they have some problems with the airport and the North street. Can you meet with them? ”

Ms. Davies confirmed that she later met with Ms. Waterhouse and some voters, adding that she was surprised to find out that the group represented a large number of landowners.

In his interview with ICAC, Mr Blair said he does not have a great relationship with Mr Maguire and said, “I can best describe Daryl as an old woman.”

On Monday, Ms. Berejiklian informed the ICAC that she did not remember Mr. Maguire telling her he was trying to help Ms. Waterhouse with zoning problems she had with land owned by her family near Badgerys Creek.

Mr Maguire attempted to broker a $ 330 million sale of the property in 2017 and was able to raise up to $ 1.5 million if the sale was successful.

During her taking of evidence, the Prime Minister said that Mr Maguire once told her he was sending a letter from Mrs Waterhouse, but that she had “failed to establish the link between the two”.

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On Thursday, Mr Maguire told the Commission that he had raised “Badgerys Creek Stuff” to the Prime Minister before September 2017.

He said he had often asked Ms. Berejiklian for advice and confirmation regarding his debts and “what I have done about property to solve some problems”.

Ms. Berejiklian experienced a third day of examination in Question Time because of the scandal. Union leader Jodi McKay asked if the prime minister was acting as a “soundboard for corruption” from Mr. Maguire.

The Prime Minister remained defiant and said the question was “wrong in every way”.

“I was open, direct, very much to my personal disadvantage, but I had to do it because it is in the public interest,” Ms. Berejiklian said of her ICAC appearance.

“The opposition can clutch any straw it likes. The truth is, I didn’t do anything wrong. ”

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Alexandra Smith is the state political editor for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lucy Cormack is a state political reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Tom Rabe is a transport reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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