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One sewer rat less in the political swamp

One sewer rat less in the political swamp?

It’s Saturday and here is another politico is alleged to have used his position for personal gain rather than for public good which was supposed to be the job description when believing voters ticked his box for snout-in-trough privileges.

New South Wales Government MP Daryl Maguire has resigned from his role as a parliamentary secretary and will now sit on the crossbench after admitting before a corruption inquiry that he sought payment over a property deal.

Source: ABC

NSW Liberal MP Daryl Maguire resigns from government role after phone taps played to ICAC

Mr Maguire stepped aside from the parliamentary Liberal Party after the revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The corruption watchdog is investigating claims of improper conduct by former Canterbury City councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi and today heard a tapped phone call between Mr Hawatt and Mr Maguire.

Mr Maguire, the Liberal MP for Wagga Wagga, told the ICAC he pursued Mr Hawatt on behalf of Chinese “friends” from the company Country Garden who he was trying to help get established in Australia.

‘3pc is better, if you know what I’m talking about’

In a phone conversation played before the inquiry from May 2016, Mr Maguire said his friends were “mega big with mega money” and wanted to invest in as many as 30 development-approved properties.

Mr Hawatt suggested a $48 million project on Canterbury Road in Canterbury.

In the phone call, Mr Maguire asks Mr Hawatt what his margin is on the property.

Mr Hawatt replies that his margin is 1.5 per cent.

“1.5 per cent divided by two isn’t very good,” Mr Maguire says.

“Three per cent is a lot better, if you know what I’m talking about.”

When questioned by counsel assisting the commission, David Buchanan, Mr Maguire said he had no client or consultant relationship with Country Garden.

But when challenged as to why he was interested in what the margin was on the property, Mr Maguire told the hearing: “It appears I was talking about a dividend.”

“Who was the intended person?” Mr Buchanan asked.

“I suspect it was me,” Mr Maguire replied.

Maguire stays in Parliament, sorry for ’embarrassment’

Outside the ICAC, Mr Maguire apologised for causing “embarrassment and disappointment to a lot of people” before heading to a meeting with Acting Premier John Barilaro.

Shortly after, Mr Barilaro announced that he had accepted Mr Maguire’s resignation but would not be drawn on whether Mr Maguire should quit Parliament altogether.

Mr Barilaro said he and the Premier expected “the highest of standards when it comes to integrity for all members of the NSW Parliament”.

“Today Daryl told the truth, he’s admitted that he’s done wrong and he’s now paying that price,” Mr Barilaro said, adding that Mr Maguire would be taking leave.

“I’m very disappointed. That’s why in this state, this government has put in place the toughest legislation when it comes to corruption, something that we’ve worked very hard for to give confidence to the people of NSW that we would stamp out corruption.”

Earlier, Acting NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley called on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to sack Mr Maguire in light of his “explosive evidence” at the ICAC.

The inquiry continues.

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  • Pensioner Pete 14/07/2018, 6:01 am

    Nothing less than immediate resignation as an MP, confiscation of assets (proceeds of crime) plus many years in prison will be suitable, just like any other CRIMINAL. Otherwise, another candidate for the brick wall and firing squad it seems.

  • Honeybadger 14/07/2018, 7:23 am

    Oh so Daryl admitted that he’s done wrong and is now paying the price. He only admitted it because he was caught lock stock and barrel otherwise this grub would be continuing on his merry way and as for paying the price, nothing short of jail, is that price. However the price apparently is, take leave (a holiday) and then resume overpaid job, as an independent. No wonder we’re all sick of this.

  • DT 14/07/2018, 7:39 am

    This reminded me of the 1970s when Wran Labor were in government in NSW, as reported to me by a relative years ago. The Premier attended a public meeting in Taree, a provincial city north of Newcastle, and was questioned about farmland that he had a financial interest in being zoned residential by the local council.

    To the surprise of the people attending the meeting Wran told them that if politicians were better paid they would not need to derive income from property development or other activity.

    And more recently, I am reminded of a now in disgrace and facing charges former Councillor of Auburn Council, Sydney who had become a multi-millionaire by the age of 27 years, apparently from property development ventures including buying a Council owned carpark for less than market value.

    Indonesia is a corrupt nation I understand.

  • crankykoala 14/07/2018, 9:40 am

    Those chinese can sniff out the weak bastards to get their way.

  • Clarion Call 14/07/2018, 10:58 am

    Fairly typical behaviour from an elected politician these days. They can smell the trough a mile away. The Chinese have a way of dealing with scum like this.

    • Joe Blogs 14/07/2018, 11:35 am

      Yep. One strike and you’ve had the falun gong.

    • Jack Richards 14/07/2018, 12:35 pm

      Corruption has always been a way of life in China; that’s just the way thing operate and have always operated. The seem to have a 6th sense for being able to pick out those who are easily corruptible … which is just about every politician of every shade in Australia.

      • TommyGun 14/07/2018, 3:35 pm

        When it comes to corrupt politicians in Australia, it seems the chings are spoilt for choice!

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