Daryl William Maguire (born March 25, 1959) is a former Australian politician who was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Liberal Party from 1999 to 2018. On 30 March 2011, Maguire was appointed to Government Whip in the O'Farrell-Stoner Liberal/National coalition government; he had been Opposition Whip for the Coalition since 2003. After revealing at a corruption hearing that he was receiving reimbursement for a land sale on 13 July 2018, Maguire resigned from the Liberal Party and resigned from Parliament on 3 August. Between 2015 and August 2020, Maguire had a close intimate relationship with Gladys Berejiklian, who was then New South Wales Premier.
Early years, history
Maguire works closely with local government groups. He married Maureen Maguire with two twins. Before his nomination, Maguire served as a small shop owner and franchisee. Maguire was formerly a Chinese Council delegate on fostering China's peaceful reunification.
Maguire was elected to represent Wagga Wagga in 1999 after Joe Schipp, a long-time member, resigned. Maguire stood comfortably when in opposition. He was elected Opposition Whip in 2003 and became Government Whip after the 2011 election.
At the 2011 state election, Dr. Joe McGirr, a local doctor and Emergency Room Chief at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, questioned Maguire. Maguire suffered a 5.5-point swing against the Liberal Party, but retained the seat easily with 52.5% of the two-party vote.
In July 2018, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigated Maguire (Operation Dasha) on alleged corruption surrounding the former Canterbury Council through its connection with former councilor Michael Hawatt. Maguire was alleged to have worked on behalf of a "mega-large" Chinese client looking for aid in buying into development-approved schemes, in exchange for the developer 's fee for himself and Hawatt. As a result, Maguire withdrew from the Liberal Party and from his ANZAC Centenary Parliamentary Secretary posts, Anti Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans. He declared after originally declining to withdraw from Parliament before his next session. On 3 August 2018 afternoon, Maguire tendered his resignation to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. At the following by-election on September 3, Liberals lost almost half of their 2015 primary vote, enabling independent Joe McGirr to end the 61-year hold of the Liberals on Wagga Wagga.
During Operation Dasha, ICAC intercepted a sequence of telephone calls resulting in a separate investigation (Operation Keppel) into Maguire 's behaviour. Specifically, the ICAC attempted to examine whether, between 2012 and 2018, Maguire was involved in actions involving an abuse of public confidence by using his public office, involving his responsibilities as a Member of Parliament, as Parliamentary Secretary, and as Chair of the NSW Parliament Asia Pacific Friendship Group to unlawfully support himself and/or individuals close to him. Maguire testified before the ICAC on October 14, 2020, acknowledging that he used his role as a Member of Parliament and as Parliamentary Secretary to make money for himself and his associates. Gladys Berejiklian, New South Wales Premier, agreed to be in "close intimate relationship" with Maguire from 2015 to August 2020 until the same ICAC inquiry. Operation Keppel begins.