The previous New South Wales premier Mike Baird and the newly sworn-in deputy Liberal chief, Stuart Ayres, have been referred to as to offer proof at subsequent week’s hearings into the conduct of Gladys Berejiklian.
The Impartial Fee In opposition to Corruption has simply launched the witness checklist for the primary week of hearings, which is able to examine whether or not Berejiklian broke the regulation by failing to report the conduct of her ex-lover, the previous Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.
Berejiklian’s bombshell resignation a fortnight in the past adopted Icac’s announcement that it had broadened its investigation to incorporate an investigation into whether or not she had been concerned in “a breach of public belief” between 2012 and 2018 due to her relationship with Maguire.
In its assertion a fortnight in the past, Icac additionally introduced it was investigating whether or not Berejiklian’s conduct “concerned the dishonest or partial train of any of her official capabilities”.
The previous premier has persistently denied she acted improperly throughout her relationship with Maguire. Throughout her resignation speech she mentioned: “I state categorically that I’ve all the time acted with the very best degree of integrity.”
Among the many witness names launched forward of subsequent week’s hearings are Berejiklian’s predecessor, Mike Baird, who led the state from 2014 to 2017, and Ayres, the minister for western Sydney and tourism who was sworn in because the deputy chief of the Liberal celebration final week. Ayres was previously the game minister.
The witness checklist additionally consists of Nigel Blunden, a veteran political strategist who labored for Baird when he was premier, Chris Hanger, a deputy secretary within the Division of Regional NSW, Michael Toohey, a director within the NSW Workplace of Sport, and Paul Doorn, a former Workplace of Sport director who now heads up Rugby NSW.
On the centre of the Icac investigation are grants to 2 organisations: the Australian Clay Goal Affiliation in 2016-17, which Maguire had championed, and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga in 2018.