Former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire to resume ICAC appearance for third day

ON THE STAND: Daryl Maguire is set for a third day of questioning at ICAC.
ON THE STAND: Daryl Maguire is set for a third day of questioning at ICAC.

Former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire will appear at ICAC for the third straight day on Friday on what is set to be the last day of public hearings.

The afternoon session of today's hearing was held in private, with matters considered to be of 'personal privacy' in Mr Maguire and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's relationship examined before lunch.

Earlier in the day the former Wagga MP was asked if he used his public office to gain financial benefit for himself or G8way International - a company he directed.

Mr Maguire told the hearing he sought Ms Berejiklian's guidance as he looked to retirement with $1.5 million in debts in 2017.

The former parliamentary secretary said he'd inform Ms Berejiklian from time to time "in general terms" about the things he was involved in.

"I don't know that I ever went into specifics. It was just broad discussion stuff," he said.Since giving evidence to the commission on Monday, Ms Berejiklian has mounted an impassioned defence of her integrity, saying she never knew about Mr Maguire's shady dealings.

Mr Maguire has previously made multiple frank admissions including using his parliament house office to receive cash commissions from a "cash-for-visa scheme" he conceded involved businesses being willing to lie to immigration officials.

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After the lunch adjournment, Counsel Assisting ICAC Scott Robertson said a separate issue was raised, causing the hearing to continue to be held as a private session through to the day's adjournment just before 4pm.

No further witnesses have been called for today's hearing, which was originally scheduled as a reserve day for overflow witnesses.

At the end of today's session, Mr Robertson tendered a 'bundle' of records of interviews with witnesses he said would not be called to give evidence at the public inquiry because their evidence was "not of sufficient relevance to the public inquiry in order to be called in that fashion."

- with AAP

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