ICAC inquiry LIVE updates: Gladys Berejiklian to appear over Daryl Maguire corruption allegations
Watch live: NSW Premier fronts ICAC
In memory of former ICAC Commissioner David Ipp
Commissioner Ruth McColl is starting us off today with a statement from Chief Commissioner Peter Hall in memory of David Ipp, QC.
Mr Ipp was a former commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and Court of Appeal judge. He died in Sydney last week aged 82.
As my colleagues Michaela Whitbourn and Kate McClymont wrote last week, the South African-born barrister oversaw landmark corruption inquiries into NSW Labor figures including Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald.
He was among the brightest jurists of his generation and presided over ICAC at a watershed moment in the watchdog's history.
You can read more about Mr Ipp here.
Why is the Premier taking the stand?
Heads certainly turned on Macquarie Street last week when ICAC released its witness list for today, naming Premier Gladys Berejiklian as the first to take the stand.
It follows weeks of allegations that Mr Maguire misused his position, handed out Ms Berejiklian's personal email to racing heir Louise Raedler Waterhouse and even took a "tipsy" property developer into her office.
The Premier said she was "pleased to be assisting" and could not comment on any of the matters before the commission.
Her former chief of staff Sarah Cruickshank also gave evidence on Friday – with highlights including that she was forced to intervene to stop Mr Maguire from travelling to China when he made threats to visit the country at the same time as the trade minister in 2017.
The government was concerned Mr Maguire would cause a diplomatic incident that would embarrass the minister and the state of NSW if he went. (Ouch.)
Ms Berejiklian will take the stand at 9.30am AEDT for examination by counsel assisting the commission Scott Robertson.
So who is Daryl Maguire?
Daryl Maguire was the NSW Liberal member for Wagga Wagga from 1999 to 2018 (19 years, four months and eight days, if you're counting.)
While in office he variously served as a parliamentary secretary and the chairman of the NSW Asia Pacific Friendship Group.
His time in Parliament came to an end when he was forced to quit in 2018 after another corruption inquiry exposed his attempts to broker property deals and seek commission on behalf of a Chinese developer.
This time around he is front and centre at ICAC for allegedly misusing his public office in the pursuit of his own financial interests, in particular a company called G8wayinternational Pty Ltd.
The corruption watchdog has already heard allegations Mr Maguire used is Parliament House office as an office for G8wayinternational, which dabbled in agribusiness and property ventures and a cash-for-visa scam.
Welcome to ICAC
Good morning. Welcome to the fourth week of the corruption inquiry into former NSW Liberal MP Daryl Maguire.
Mr Maguire is the former member for Wagga Wagga and has spent the past few weeks under the microscope of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
It is the most anticipated hearing day to date, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian set to take the stand from 9.30am AEDT.
We'll be bringing you all the updates from inside ICAC. Stay with us.
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