Daryl Maguire has finally resigned as a Wagga MP three weeks after an anti-corruption hearing brought his political career to an end.
The Office of the Speaker of NSW Parliament, Shelley Hancock MP, confirmed to the Daily Advertiser on Friday afternoon that Mr Maguire has submitted his letter of resignation.
The Daily Advertiser understands that Ms Hancock has considered Mr Maguire’s resignation as effective immediately, and she will inform the lower house of parliament on Tuesday.
The speaker’s office is not planning to release a statement prior to parliament resuming next week.
The resignation clears the way for Ms Hancock to declare the seat of Wagga Wagga vacant next week and call for writs to be issued for a byelection.
The Liberal Party, the Greens and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers parties have yet to name their candidates and the National Party has agreed not to run.
Labor has announced Dan Hayes as its candidate.
Mr Maguire resigned from the Liberal Party and as a parliamentary secretary on July 13 following revelations at the Independent Commission against Corruption that he had colluded with a Canterbury councillor to personally profit from a Sydney property deal.
Mr Maguire claims he never made any money from the deal with Chinese investors but audio of intercepted phone calls he made to a councillor led to calls for him to resign from across the political spectrum.
Labor’s Michael Daley, as acting opposition leader, had threatened a rare motion to expel Mr Maguire from parliament if he did not resign.
Mr Maguire likely collected more than $9500 in taxpayer-funded salary during the three weeks he resisted calls to resign from parliament.