NSW Labor to push for ICAC investigation

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Labor wants to refer the NSW government's $53.5 million purchase of contaminated land that delivered its previous owners a $15 million profit to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The 2016 deal to buy the land at Camellia near Parramatta in Sydney's west for the soon to be abandoned stage two of a light rail project has already been referred to the state's auditor-general.

Labor finance spokesman Daniel Mookhey will on Tuesday introduce a motion in the upper house to refer the acquisition to ICAC, after it was revealed the price paid for the six-hectare site was as much as three times more it was believed to be worth.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday said she was "extremely concerned" by questions raised about the transaction.

"The premier said she's extremely concerned and open to an inquiry - so let's make it happen," Mr Mookhey said.

"The community deserve answers."

It's estimated it could cost the state government more than $100 million to clean up the site, which is contaminated with a range of chemicals including asbestos and hexavalent chromium.

"This is a shocking waste of taxpayer funds and it's not over yet," Mr Mookhey said.

"We look forward to the government's support when the motion goes to parliament."