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Gladys Berejiklian ICAC: Former NSW Premier to face inquiry into Daryl Maguire allegations

Gladys Berejiklian is set to face ICAC today after her former boyfriend gave explosive and intimate evidence to corruption investigators.

Gladys Berejiklian is set to face a corruption inquiry and respond to allegations she breached the public’s trust as NSW Premier.

Ms Berejiklian will take the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Friday.

Her appearance at ICAC comes towards the end of an 11-day public inquiry.

The ICAC is investigating allegations Ms Berejiklian had a conflict of interest when she advanced funding requests by her then-secret boyfriend without disclosing the relationship.

It is also probing whether she failed to report allegedly corrupt conduct by Daryl Maguire, the former Wagga Wagga MP, and whether she encouraged that behaviour by turning a blind eye.

She has previously denied wrongdoing and said she always acted with integrity.

The day before Ms Berejiklian’s appearance, the ICAC heard recordings of tapped phone calls in which Ms Berejiklian vowed to Mr Maguire she would “throw money” at Wagga Wagga.

She was also heard in the phone call saying she could “overrule” any bureaucrats who may oppose the cash splash.

The phone call happened in 2018, after Mr Maguire had been caught allegedly lying to the ICAC and sacked from the Liberal Party by Ms Berejiklian.

The pair were heard discussing projects that should be funded during the by-election in order to retain the seat for the Liberal Party.

Ms Berejiklian is expected to be questioned about two Wagga Wagga projects that Mr Maguire championed.

She allegedly used her power as treasurer and premier to advance them.

One project was $5.5 million in funding for a gun club, a submission that had failed to convince public servants it would bring a benefit to the state.

The other was two tranches of funding for a music conservatorium in the Riverina city. The second batch of $20 million was promised during the 2018 by-election.

During his testimony on Thursday, Mr Maguire was asked a series of intimate questions about the relationship, which was conducted in secret from 2015 until the middle of 2020.

He told the ICAC the pair had contemplated marriage and children, would stay together from time to time, and take holidays together.

The counsel assisting the ICAC, Scott Robertson, indicated those questions were relevant to establishing the nature of the relationship and whether it was significant enough to warrant disclosure under rules for NSW ministers.

Ms Berejiklian’s lawyer argued the questions should not be asked in public, but was overruled.

The former premier’s testimony is expected to continue on Monday.


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