Disgraced NSW MP Daryl Maguire refuses to quit state parliament, claiming it's "business as usual" despite being dragged into a corruption scandal that forced him to resign from the Liberal party.
Mr Maguire was caught in secret recordings discussing a possible commission he and a councillor could pocket from the sale of a Sydney property to one of China's biggest developers.
In the telephone conversations from 2016, played to the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Friday, Mr Maguire was heard boasting of Chinese clients with "mega money" to the Canterbury City councillor now at the centre of an investigation.
The member for Wagga Wagga resigned from his role as parliamentary secretary and stood down from the Liberals on Friday but remains in parliament as an independent MP.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has asked he reconsider his future in politics, while Labor is calling for him to quit.
But Mr Maguire dug his heels in on Monday, saying he will continue to serve on the cross bench until the March state election, which he will not recontest.
"I won't resign. I'm not going to resign," Mr Maguire said in a video statement posted on Facebook.
"I'll continue to work for the people of Wagga Wagga, as I've always done."
Mr Maguire raised the cost of a by-election as a reason to stay on.
"I won't put the taxpayer to the cost of having a by-election. I think that unreasonable and I think it's a cost that the taxpayer doesn't need," he said.
"It's business as usual at the office."
Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday she felt "deep disappointment" over the conduct of Mr Maguire but stopped short of pushing for his resignation.
Labor's acting opposition leader described her reaction as "weak" and suggested she was afraid of a by-election being held.
Michael Daley instead called for a full audit of meetings Mr Maguire might have had with any NSW cabinet ministers.
"What deals actually came to fruition? What meetings with ministers did Daryl Maguire have?" he told reporters.
"What about others that we don't know about?"
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, called on the government to guarantee it will not accept Mr Maguire's vote.
The MP told ICAC no commissions eventuated from brokering property deals with then-councillor Michael Hawatt.
He was heard pushing Mr Hawatt for a larger "dividend" if he helped sell a development site in Canterbury approved for 300 units to a client so it was big enough to be "divided by two".
When asked who the second person was, Mr Maguire said: "Well, I suspect it was me."
Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, apologised for causing "distress and embarrassment" to the party following his evidence.
The premier said Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga would be brought forward so an "appropriate" new candidate could be preselected.
Australian Associated Press