Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire tells ICAC he received thousands in cash in his Parliamentary office

Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire tells ICAC he received thousands in cash in his Parliamentary office

Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire has admitted to a string of corruption allegations during an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearing.

The former Wagga Wagga MP is accused of using his position in Parliament to benefit himself and his related business associates.

Within half an hour of questioning, Mr Maguire admitted to using his parliamentary office and resources to conduct various business dealings, including receiving thousands of dollars in cash at his office as part of a visa scam.

He also admitted to acting as a shadow director for a business known as G8wayInternational, as well as using his parliamentary staff, resources, mailing system and even the parliamentary library for the business.

Mr Maguire said those business interests were not disclosed as they should have been in line with his obligations as an MP.

He said he also used his position as chair of the NSW Parliamentary Asia Pacific Friendship Group to promote his own business interests overseas.

Counsel Assisting Scott Robertson asked Mr Maguire if he used public resources for his private interests, despite knowing it was in breach of parliamentary rules.

“Your Parliament House office became a part-time office for the G8wayInternational firm, would you agree?” he asked.

“Occasionally, yes,” he answered.

He was asked: “During the period from 2012 to 2018 what you sought to do was to monetize your office as a member of parliament, parliamentary secretary and chair of the NSW Parliament Asia Pacific Friendship Group and the opportunities and resources to which you had access through those offices with the view to making money for you and making money for your associates?”

He answered: “Yes.”

The ICAC has previously heard G8wayInternational acted as a go-between to link a variety of Chinese and Australian businesses.

Mr Maguire also admitted to taking a cut of the cash the company received to process visas for Chinese nationals seeking residency in regional NSW.

On Monday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian told the hearing she was in a secret five-year relationship with Mr Maguire, which ended earlier this year.

Ms Berejiklian denied any involvement with and knowledge of Mr Maguire’s business interests.

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