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Berejiklian to appear at NSW ICAC hearing

Premier Gladys Berejiklian will be the star witness at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into disgraced former colleague Daryl Maguire.

Ms Berejiklian will give evidence at the commission on Monday with the former Wagga Wagga MP following her appearance for the next three days until the four-week inquiry wraps up on Friday.

Mr Maguire was forced to quit the Berejiklian government in 2018 after a separate ICAC inquiry heard evidence he sought payments to help broker deals for property developers.

After being summonsed last week Ms Berejiklian said she would be “pleased to be assisting with those inquiries”.

The current inquiry has heard evidence Mr Maguire sought payments to help broker deals for Chinese property developers.

It’s investigating whether Mr Maguire breached the public trust by using his public office and parliamentary resources to improperly gain a benefit for himself or for G8way International – a company he “effectively controlled”.

The premier was dragged into the saga last week when the ICAC heard Mr Maguire gave a western Sydney landowner – Louise Waterhouse – Ms Berejiklian’s email address to help her lobby for rezoning changes that would benefit her parcel of land.

ICAC heard Mr Maguire passed on the email address and suggested the premier would be able to provide a “tickle from up top”.

Ms Waterhouse told the inquiry Ms Berejiklian never responded to her email and no zoning changes were made to her property.

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