Gladys Berejiklian said to have advanced Daryl Maguire funding request: ICAC

Asia's Tech News Daily

Gladys Berejiklian used her power as treasurer to advance a money request championed by her secret lover, the NSW corruption watchdog has heard.

Ms Berejiklian, who was state treasurer between 2015 and 2017, requested that a bid for funding for a Wagga Wagga gun club be heard by a powerful committee that she chaired, and was said to be supportive of the request, according to an email tendered into evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The December 6, 2016 email between two officials in the Treasury department referred to a conversation with a Berejiklian staffer who had said that “the treasurer has requested this be brought forward and has indicated an inclination to support the proposal”.

The official who wrote the email was issued a subpoena by the ICAC in March, which was made public at Tuesday's public hearing.

Gladys Berejiklian said to have advanced Daryl Maguire funding request: ICAC

Camera IconGladys Berejiklian was Treasurer for two years before she became Premier in early 2017. John Grainger Credit: News Corp Australia

The subpoena represents the earliest publicly known action by the ICAC in its investigation into Ms Berejiklian’s conduct in office and was sent the same month she sat through a fiery parliamentary hearing in which she faced a barrage of questions about Mr Maguire.

The Berejiklian staffer referenced in the email, Zach Bentley, was also revealed to have gone through a secret and compulsory interview with the ICAC in April.

A transcript from that interview revealed Mr Bentley – like most others in parliament – had no idea Ms Berejiklian and the MP for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire, were in a close personal relationship while the funding negotiations were going on.

Mr Bentley told the ICAC he reacted with “shock” and ”horror” when he found out during the commission’s earlier public hearings in October last year.

“I received a text message during the course of Ms Berejiklian’s evidence, to which I spat my water out,” Mr Bentley said.

Counsel assisting the commission Scott Robertson replied: “Literally spat your water out?”

“Literally spat my water out,” Mr Bentley replied.

Gladys Berejiklian said to have advanced Daryl Maguire funding request: ICAC

Camera IconThe press release announcing the gun club funding that Mr Maguire's office sent to reporters on New Year's Day, 2017. Credit: Supplied

He said he was one of only a few parliamentary staffers who had worked for both Mr Maguire and Ms Berejiklian.

“I can’t express to you, Mr Robertson, my horror upon learning that,” he said.

“Not horror, sir, but more, these are two people I’ve known quite well and the fact that I had no knowledge of it, like, yeah, it was quite shocking.”

However, he could not remember why he would have said in the 2016 email that Ms Berejiklian supported the $5.5m funding request for the Australian Clay Target Association in Wagga Wagga.

Nor did he have any clue why Ms Berejiklian may have felt that way.

“I’m not familiar as to what her rationale was,” he said.

Gladys Berejiklian said to have advanced Daryl Maguire funding request: ICAC

Camera IconGladys Berejiklian with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire Credit: Supplied

Tuesday’s evidence also contained a briefing note written by Mr Bentley for Ms Berejiklian, where he made reference to a meeting she’d had with Mr Maguire in November 2016.

“This issue came to head during a discussion I had with Daryl last week, prior to him meeting with you,” Mr Bentley wrote in the note to the then-treasurer.

The clay shooting club grant is a key issue being probed by the ICAC in relation to an allegation Ms Berejiklian’s relationship with Mr Maguire caused a conflict of interest.

The grant was approved by the cabinet’s expenditure review committee on December 14, 2016 and subsequently announced by Mr Maguire in a press release.

The MP surprised bureaucrats by breaking the news without revealing there were certain strings attached to the money.

Gladys Berejiklian said to have advanced Daryl Maguire funding request: ICAC

Camera IconFormer Office of Sport executive director Paul Doorn testified on Tuesday. NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short Credit: News Corp Australia

Two senior bureaucrats in the Office of Sport took the witness stand at the ICAC on Monday and Tuesday, and both said the application process had appeared rushed and incomplete.

The Office of Sport was given just a day to prepare the draft, an “extremely unusual” deadline, the ICAC was told on Monday.

Former Office of Sport executive director Paul Doorn told the commission on Tuesday he and his colleagues “didn't think (the project proposal) stacked up”.

Mr Doorn was asked by the counsel assisting the ICAC, Scott Robertson, if he would regard it as a “career-limiting move” to continue to advise a minister that a proposal was a ”bad idea”.

“Yeah, I think there comes a time when … you've been given a task by a minister, you’ve had a robust discussion … and then when the time comes you would present information that’s going to allow the minister to achieve his policy objective, in this case to try to find a way to get that funding,” he said.

Ms Berejiklian has earlier said she “always acted with the highest level of integrity”.

“In all decisions I've ever made as a minister or as premier of NSW, my first consideration has always been the wellbeing and welfare of the people of the state,” she said in her resignation speech.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Anti-police Instagram account believed to belong to Porsche driver Richard Pusey

The man who filmed four Victoria Police officers as they lay dying during on the side of a Melbourne freeway is now believed to be behind a vile anti-cop social ... Read more »

Ex-PM Tony Abbott backs Gladys Berejiklian to run for federal politics

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind Gladys Berejiklian to run for federal politics despite a corruption cloud over the ex-NSW premier. Ms Berejiklian resigned from the ... Read more »

Brisbane man shot by police after allegedly raising gun at officers after six-hour siege at a business

An alleged gunman has died in hospital after he was shot by police during a dramatic six-hour siege at a Brisbane business. Police rushed to Compton Rd at Stretton about ... Read more »

Toddler dead as dashcam emerges of horror freeway pile-up

Horrifying dashcam footage has emerged of the moment a semi-trailer smashed into multiple cars on a major Melbourne freeway, killing a toddler and leaving a young family fighting for life. ... Read more »

Homicide detectives investigate deadly altercation at Reservoir home

Police are investigating the death of a man following an alleged violent altercation in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir on Monday afternoon. One man has been arrested and is believed ... Read more »

Vic politics: Support for major parties dwindles

Startling new data has revealed Victorians are turning against the two major parties amid political unrest and mounting frustration during the pandemic. The new poll has shown support is waning ... Read more »

Harassment and abuse of Australian retail workers increases amid pandemic stress

The shocking scale of harassment and abuse suffered by retail staff in Australia during the pandemic has been laid bare in a startling report. The survey, lead by the Shop, ... Read more »

Judge Salvatore Vasta accused of putting Queensland father through ‘grossest parody of court hearing' by wrongly jailing him

The actions of a Federal Court judge have been labelled as “gross and unreasonable” after he sent a man to a maximum-security prison for six days after family law negotiations. ... Read more »

Daniel Callum Sica, son of triple murderer Max Sica, jailed for drug trafficking

The son of notorious a Queensland triple murderer turned to street-level meth dealing to fuel his own growing drug addiction, a court has been told. Daniel Callum Sica, the son ... Read more »

Alexandra Hills crash: Father of teen charged with pregnant couple's murder jailed for possessing drugs, fleeing police

The father of a teenager charged with murdering a pregnant couple in a horror Australia Day crash had an “epiphany” on his son’s legal troubles and wants to provide for ... Read more »

Defence royal commission: Family say Ryan Goodwin was badly let down by the those who trained him

It was a highly efficient and proactive machine that recruited Ryan Goodwin and taught him how to fight. But when the young man’s duty was done, that very same system ... Read more »

Alleged tomahawk attacker Jeffrey Cardwell says he thought bikies were out to get him

A man who allegedly went on a violent rampage at a Victorian shopping centre while armed with a tomahawk believed bikies were plotting to kill him, a court has been ... Read more »

Cleo's accused abductor Terence Kelly to remain behind bars over Christmas

The man accused of kidnapping four-year-old Cleo Smith from her family’s tent has briefly faced court via video link from prison more than one month after his arrest. Terence Darrell ... Read more »

Two men in custody after fatal stabbing in Melbourne's west

Two men have been arrested after another man was fatally stabbed in Melbourne’s west on Sunday night. The man was stabbed at a property on Leila Street, Deer Park about ... Read more »

Chris Bowen accuses Scott Morrison of being ‘toxic' with climate policy during National Press Club address

The Prime Minister has been accused of once “sneering” at the environmental concerns of people who frequent “city wine bars”. In a major address to the National Press Club, opposition ... Read more »

Brisbane Olympic Games 2032: First look at major rail network to transform city

Brisbane’s major rail project has drawn inspiration from iconic train stations from around the world, as the linchpin for the 2032 Games takes shape. The Cross River Rail tunnel network ... Read more »

Drunk driver Patrick Nealon loses sentence appeal for crash that killed student

A drunk tradie who was speeding when he crashed his ute into a student, killing her instantly, has failed to have his jail time reduced. Patrick Nealon was sentenced to ... Read more »

Omicron: South African diplomat labels Australia's travel ban on nine countries as ‘discrimination'

Australia’s travel ban on non-citizens from nine countries to stop the spread of Omicron has been labelled as “unfair” and “discriminatory” by the South African high commissioner to Australia. Marthinus ... Read more »

Cancer-causing drug and animal dewormer found in cocaine circulating in Australia: AFP

Partygoers have been warned after a dangerous animal dewormer and a banned cancer-causing drug were detected in cocaine seized at the Australian border. The Australian Federal Police says they have ... Read more »

Man charged with murder after woman, 67, allegedly assaulted and stabbed to death in Riverwood

A man has been charged with murder after an elderly woman was allegedly stabbed to death while she was walking home from the shops. Emergency services rushed to Roosevelt Ave ... Read more »

Gladys Berejiklian still considering run for Warringah, with support from Simon Birmingham

Senior federal government members say they would “love” to see former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian run in the upcoming election despite corruption allegations levelled against her. The door remains open ... Read more »

Uber announces new changes to service, saving passengers money and providing more certainty

Passengers can now save money on an Uber ride under major changes announced by the rideshare company. Customers in most major cities can book their trip in an UberX, XL ... Read more »

Floods continue in Qld as WA swelters through heatwave

Australia is in for another day of wild weather, with floods and rain set to continue in the northeast while the west swelters through extreme heat. The country experienced its ... Read more »

Video shows moment daredevil leaps between two 40ft buildings on Gold Coast

Video has emerged of the heart-stopping moment a daredevil jumps between two 12m buildings on the Gold Coast. In the footage shot by onlookers from the 39th floor of the ... Read more »

Teenage boy rushed to hospital after he was set upon by two dogs in a Homebush West park

A teenage boy is in hospital with serious injuries after he was attacked by two dogs at a park in Sydney’s west. The 13-year-old was set upon by two dogs ... Read more »

Newspoll reveals Labor, Anthony Albanese in lead over Scott Morrison's Coalition in lead-up to election

Anthony Albanese is favourite among voters to win the next federal election, a new poll has revealed. According to the latest Newspoll, 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will ... Read more »

NSW Government announces $1 million reward into alleged brutal murder of elderly man

Police investigating the alleged bashing murder of an elderly man in his Sydney home will announce a $1 million reward in the hopes of finding some answers. Kalim Saliba, 86, ... Read more »

Commuters braced for peak hour chaos as Region 6 bus drivers walk off the job on Monday morning

Drivers on a popular Sydney bus route will walk off the job on Monday amid escalating pay disputes. The recently privatised bus drivers from Region 6 in the city’s inner ... Read more »

Cleo Smith's alleged abductor Terence Darrell Kelly to front court on Monday

The man charged with abducting Cleo Smith, sparking a desperate search for the little girl in the remote outback, will appear in court on Monday. Terence Darrell Kelly was dramatically ... Read more »

Western Sydney council election turns ugly following alleged assault

A western Sydney mayor was allegedly assaulted outside a polling booth on Saturday in an ugly postscript to the NSW council elections. Police have charged a 29-year-old man after he ... Read more »

Rowdy schoolies cause $40k damage to Airbnb on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

Schoolies have trashed homes across Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, with one homeowner left with a $40,000 bill following a wild party. But the police union warned many of the incidents would ... Read more »

Softball SA hits back at ‘explicit image' allegations against former coach

Softball South Australia has hit out at reports that a coach, who still works in the sport, sent explicit images to minors in 2017. News Corp’s The Sunday Mail was ... Read more »

17-year-old boy pulled from water at Lake Nagambie in central Victoria

The body of a 17-year-old boy has been pulled from the water at a lake in central Victoria on Sunday morning. It is believed the Kangaroo Flat teen had attended ... Read more »

NSW records 286 new Covid cases as Omicron investigation continues

NSW has recorded 286 new Covid cases and one death as authorities await the results of genomic testing to determine the extent of the Omicron outbreak. The state’s double-dose vaccination ... Read more »

Senator Sam McMahon allegedly tried to punch Nationals federal director in Canberra pub

Northern Territory senator Sam McMahon has been accused of trying to physically punch one of her Nationals party colleagues in a Canberra pub. Witnesses told Sky News Senator McMahon took ... Read more »

Victoria records 980 new Covid cases

Victoria has recorded 980 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths. The state's case numbers fell below 1000 after climbing throughout the week, taking Victoria's active cases to 15,433. The Victorian ... Read more »

Troubled insurer iCare criticised for ramping up spending on consultants

Embattled state insurer iCare has been accused of wasting money on consultants that could have gone to sick and injured workers after it splashed almost $5 million on consulting fees. ... Read more »

Makeup retailer Mecca wins battle with US cosmetics company once endorsed by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Aussie make-up giant Mecca has won its legal battle with a celeb-endorsed US brand who wanted to cancel an exclusive arrangement because of coronavirus restrictions. The beauty retailer launched court ... Read more »

Support for medical research rockets to decade high

While it may seem like many of us are happy to take health advice from social media, new research reveals Australians are overwhelmingly supportive of quality medical information. With the ... Read more »

Outlaw bikies hit harder this year, had more guns, cash and drugs seized than previous year: cops

Outlaw bikies and organised criminals have been stripped of guns, drugs and illicit cash in police raids across the country. The deadly haul included easily concealable loaded handguns and military-grade ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic