Embattled NSW MP John Sidoti has told a corruption inquiry that emails he wrote were "disjointed" and sometimes poorly phrased, arguing they did not carry their literal meaning.
The member for Drummoyne, a former minister in the Berejiklian government, has been grilled during his second day in the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry on Wednesday.
The four-week ICAC inquiry is investigating allegations Mr Sidoti failed to disclose some of his financial interests and misused his position to influence planning decisions in a suburb in Sydney's inner-west between 2011 and 2018.
The probe heard evidence the former Berejiklian government minister criticised as "misleading" a presentation made by City of Canada Bay Council staff about a town planning study to revitalise Five Dock's town centre, in an email to councillors in April 2014.
Mr Sidoti wrote that staffers had made "misleading statements" in their presentation about a 600-page study that recommended changing the zoning mix at the town centre.
He said on Wednesday that he meant that the plan was unrealistic and would not be realised without changing the land's "floor space ratio".
But Mr Sidoti admitted he had "zero" qualifications to make that assessment, and no alternative studies to rely on.
"You just had your unqualified personal views informing your view that what was being presented was misleading?" Commissioner Peter Hall asked.
Mr Sidoti said accusing the staff of "misleading statements" was "a poor choice of words" and "a bit disjointed".
"It was early on in my first four years. I won't say I was the most experienced (MP). If I had my time over again, I wouldn't send an email straight away. I'd draft it, look over it, check for mistakes and so forth."
The inquiry later heard evidence that Mr Sidoti had emailed Liberal councillors about the study, seeking to "form a united stance" on it ahead of Council's consideration of it the following month.
He said he didn't really mean they should reach an agreed position, but that "united stance" instead referred to "discussion, information and feedback".
The phrase "united stance" had been "a poor choice of words", Mr Sidoti said.
The MP, who now sits on the cross bench, had an interested in property in Five Dock.
The corruption watchdog on Tuesday heard he was a trustee of a family super fund which owned a property at 120 Great North Road.
However, Mr Sidoti and his wife in separate appearances argued they didn't know they were trustees, and therefore had a financial interest in the property, until the allegations were raised in parliament in 2017.
Mr Sidoti told the inquiry on Tuesday that he regularly signed documents without reading them.
"Prior to entering parliament, I was employed by my parents so ... you know, you sign that, sign this, sign that," he said.
Mr Sidoti has previously said he "absolutely rejects the allegations" of impropriety and had always acted with integrity and honour.
The former sports minister resigned from the NSW government cabinet in March.
He then also withdrew from the Liberal partyroom, citing the allegations as a distraction for his colleagues.