ICAC Hearing Live, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian Transcript

Gladys Berejiklian dined with Daryl Maguire and his visa companion, Icac records

Exhibits also show the former NSW MP tried to persuade the federal oil and gas peak lobby to help him market Chinese mining technologies to his customers

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian dined
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian dined Thursday with former MP Daryl Maguire and his business partner, Icac records showed.

The New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, dined with a business associate at Daryl Maguire's Wagga Wagga home to operate a cash-for-visa program, Icac learned.

A huge dump of exhibits posted to the Independent Commission Against Corruption website on Thursday night also exposes Maguire 's effort to persuade the federal oil and gas peak lobby community to help him market Chinese mining technology to his buyers.

One of the main claims against Maguire is that, through his quiet role in a company known as G8wayinternational Pty Ltd, he used his office to help operate a cash-for-visa scheme, saying he had access to "high levels of government" and providing Chinese business groups introductions and visas for money.

One of his partners in that company was Phil Elliott, director of the Wagga RSL and Icac's close friend Maguire's.

Elliot's partner, Karen Joan Barbey, told Icac investigators she knew Maguire for 30 years and met Berejiklian on many occasions.

When asked which Liberal MPs she had met, Barbey, a high school teacher with little interest in politics, told investigators: "I'm not really good with names, Gladys – yeah Gladys and oh I don't. I'm not sure. That — only local ones. I'm not sure. I'm not strong politically.

Barbey said she met Berejiklian at a party, dinner at a nearby Wagga Wagga restaurant, and dinner at home.

"There was one by the underpass. Meet her, and I met her at Daryl 's place, "she said. "We had dinner at night, and I'm trying to remember. Um, I think we went to Romano's [restaurant] for dinner one night.

Maguire 's house dinner was also attended by the Premier's security detail, Barbey said.

Berejiklian previously told Icac she knew Maguire and Elliott were friends, but she didn't know what their company was.

"I knew they're friends," she said Monday. "I knew Mr. Elliott ran Mr. Maguire 's campaign. I knew him from the Liberal Party, and I thought they had common interests, but I didn't know what they were.

The dump of Icac exhibits – containing more than 2,200 pages – also shows that Maguire contacted Malcolm Roberts, the former chief executive of the Australian Petroleum Development & Extraction Association (Appea), in an attempt to market petroleum technologies.

Roberts told Icac investigators about a meeting he had with Maguire in 2018 at a Canberra coffee shop where Maguire tried to pitch a "new enhanced oil recovery strategy" developed by a Chinese company and to see whether local industry would be involved.

Roberts said Maguire 's solution was amazing. He passed on new oil technology information to some of his members — including Santos — but did not indicate that he approved it.

He said Maguire 's stance was different from most MPs, who typically preferred to link constituents with an Appea member, not promote selling a single commodity.

"MPs will often be in touch, usually only for contact, you know? Occasionally, you'll have an MP who might say, 'I have a constituent with a problem,' and they won't... Typically only link to groups, "he told Icac investigators.

"So, most recently , for example, I had a federal Member of Parliament – who had a local business – who was struggling to find out where they were going to buy their next gas supply from, and the company soon contacted me directly, saying that their local Member suggested that they speak to me, whether there were any connections in the industry they were supposed to make to see if t

The meeting took place after Maguire contacted Stephen Galilee, NSW Minerals Council chief executive and former staff chief to ex-premier Mike Baird.

When Roberts refused to respond to Maguire originally, the NSW MP again called for support from the NSW Minerals Board.

"Then he contacted me and said Malcolm hadn't heard anything," Galilee said. "I followed up with Malcolm and Malcolm, I think I got in touch with Daryl. After that, I saw Daryl in parliament and he said he called him.

"[He] said like 'I owe you a malt.'"

The exhibits also reveal that NSW Liberal MP Tanya Davies encountered Louise Waterhouse and Daryl Maguire while campaigning to move a roundabout to improve access to the vast landholding of the racing heiress near Sydney airport.

The reforms would have helped Waterhouse greatly increase her land's valuation and assist in either its growth or selling, Icac has learned.

In an interview with investigators, Davies says that Waterhouse believed moving the roundabout would also help lower the likelihood of terrorism to the new airport as it would provide less run-up to prospective terrorists.

Davies also wrote to the airport head to raise terrorist fears and Waterhouse 's concerns.

"I thought the argument — from my perspective, the argument made sense to me ... I was concerned about the terrorism link she raised, and also about the justice of being able to have opportunities for more voters than just one, "she said.

"That's how I wrote to the CEO of the airport at the time, because it was concerned about safety, and – and I guess I just wanted to bring it to his attention – to make sure it was at least ticked off or – considered or addressed."

She copied the letter to "a few state ministers," so they also knew Waterhouse 's request.

The records detail an unprecedented undercover monitoring operation set up by Icac officers tracking Maguire when they investigated whether he used his office for personal gain.

Icac officers pursued Maguire across Sydney, who tracked him at eateries and the state parliament cafe. Photos were taken of Maguire meeting Chinese property developers, including representatives from Country Garden, which Maguire was seeking to help purchase Waterhouse 's property.

Proof indicates he said: "Investments here are secure because of our land titles and Westminster legal system."

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