EX-MP DARYL MAGUIRE HAS GIVEN EVIDENCE TO ICAC. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED:
WHO IS DARYL MAGUIRE?
* The 61-year-old former Liberal MP represented Wagga Wagga from 1999 to 2018, when he quit after tapes of him soliciting secret commissions were played at an earlier ICAC inquiry.
* He was appointed a parliamentary secretary in 2014 by then-premier Barry O'Farrell and re-appointed to that position by later premiers Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian.
* He also chaired the NSW Asia-Pacific parliamentary friendship group.
* He had a "close personal relationship" with Ms Berejiklian for five years starting in 2015.
WHAT DID MR MAGUIRE ADMIT TO ICAC ON WEDNESDAY?
* Between 2012 and 2018 Mr Maguire agreed he sought to use his public office with a view to making money for himself and his associates.
* He admitted he should have updated the premier immediately about his conflicts of interest and knew he was obliged to not "knowingly conceal" such matters from her.
* He admitted using parliamentary staff, email, office and printer to run networking business G8wayInternational.
* Electoral staff in Wagga Wagga helped him pursue personal business interests, the inquiry was told.
* He was deliberately kept off G8way's books but effectively helped direct it, using it to make personal profits.
* More than once he received, at his parliamentary office, deliveries of thousands of dollars of cash associated with a visa scheme for Chinese nationals run by people involved in G8way.
* He knew by May 2013 that an essential element of the scheme involved businesses potentially lying to immigration officials.
* But he continued to refer businesses anyway because there was potential money in it for him.
WHAT CAN HE NOT RECALL?
* Seeing a draft invoice on G8way letterhead charging a Chinese delegation $5000 for three services including "the introductory service", which the ICAC alleges related to past-premier Barry O'Farrell. (There's no suggestion Mr O'Farrell knew about the arrangement)
WHAT DOES HE DENY?
* That G8way was set up to establish a nest egg for his retirement. He says the main aim was "to establish an effective network".
* That his driving reason behind using his friendship group to help a Chinese business network was to make a profit. He says making money was possible but he mainly wanted to create a philanthropic fund for the Pacific Islands, particularly the Solomon Islands.
WHAT WAS G8WAYINTERNATIONAL'S BUSINESS?
* Set up in October 2012, it sought to link Australian producers with Chinese buyers.
* It tried to do deals over wine, milk powder, steel, cotton and coal and charged a commission of up to 10 per cent on sales driven by its networking efforts.
* It promoted itself by saying it had access to the highest levels of government.
Source: evidence give to ICAC hearing, Wednesday October 14, 2020.