NSW premier 'weak' in face of ICAC scandal

Tom Rabe
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MICHAEL DALEY ICAC PRESSER

The NSW opposition says the premier must audit any meeting Daryl Maguire had with cabinet ministers

The NSW premier must dust her government for the fingerprints of disgraced MP Daryl Maguire after the former Liberal member was dragged into a corruption scandal, Labor says.

Mr Maguire quit the party on Friday evening after secret recordings caught him discussing a possible commission he and a local councillor could pocket from the sale of a Sydney property to one of China's biggest developers.

In the conversations, played to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Mr Maguire was heard boasting of Chinese clients with "mega money" to the Canterbury City councillor now at the centre of an investigation.

The member for Wagga Wagga resigned from his role as parliamentary secretary and stood down from the Liberals, but remains an independent MP.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday said said she felt "deep disappointment" at the conduct of Mr Maguire and asked that he reconsider his future in politics.

But Labor's acting opposition leader described her reaction as "weak" and instead called for a full audit of meetings Mr Maguire may have had with any NSW cabinet ministers.

"What deals actually came to fruition? What meetings with ministers did Daryl Maguire have?" Michael Daley asked reporters on Monday.

"What about others that we don't know about?"

Mr Daley suggested Ms Berejiklian was afraid of an ensuing by-election if he were to resign.

"It seems like there are only two people in NSW now who believe it is OK for Daryl Maguire to remain in parliament - Daryl himself and the premier."

Mr Maguire has denied ever receiving or sharing commissions from brokering property deals with then-councillor Michael Hawatt.

The ICAC inquiry heard Mr Maguire telling Mr Hawatt he had a client who would be interested in a site in Canterbury which had been approved for 300 units.

He asked Mr Hawatt what the likely "margin" would be from the sale before pushing for a larger sum so it could be "divided by two, if you know what I mean?".

When asked who the other interested person would be, Mr Maguire said: "Well, I suspect it was me".

Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, apologised for causing "distress and embarrassment" to the party following his evidence.

The premier on Sunday said she would bring forward Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga so an "appropriate" new candidate could be preselected.