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Public inquiry into allegations concerning former MP Daryl Maguire

Tuesday 1 September 2020

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry starting Monday 21 September 2020 as part of an investigation it is conducting into allegations concerning the former NSW Member of Parliament for Wagga Wagga, Mr Daryl Maguire (Operation Keppel).

The Commission is investigating allegations that, from 2012 to August 2018, Mr Maguire engaged in conduct that involved a breach of public trust by using his public office, involving his duties as a member of the NSW Parliament, and the use of parliamentary resources, to improperly gain a benefit for himself and/or entities close to him. These entities included G8wayinternational/G8wayinternational Pty Ltd and associated persons.

The public inquiry will start at 10:00 am. The Commission will hold the inquiry in accordance with COVID-19 NSW public health orders, with social distancing and sanitation measures in place. However, due to limited space, the Commission’s premises will remain closed to members of the media and the public. The Commission will live stream the proceedings via its website www.icac.nsw.gov.au, and will post exhibits (provided they are not subject to non-publication orders), daily transcripts and witness lists. Updates will also be provided via the ICAC Twitter account (@nswicac).

Due to a potential conflict of interest, the Commission has determined that it is appropriate for an Assistant Commissioner to preside at this inquiry. The Hon Ruth McColl AO SC has been appointed Assistant Commissioner in this matter. Counsel Assisting the Commission will be Mr Scott Robertson and Mr Alex Brown.

It is expected that the inquiry will continue for four weeks. A witness list for the first week of the public inquiry will be published closer to the commencement date of the proceedings, along with further information about how to access the live stream.