NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has again been grilled over her prior relationship with Daryl Maguire after a corruption inquiry sought advice on criminal charges against the former Wagga MP.
In Parliament on Tuesday, Labor Canterbury MP Sophie Cotsis asked Ms Berejiklian about the Independent Commission Against Corruption's (ICAC) finding that Mr Maguire gave "misleading" testimony in July 2018.
"ICAC has recommended Daryl Maguire face criminal charges for lying under oath about his involvement with property developer Country Garden," Ms Cotsis asked Ms Berejiklian in Parliament.
"Given he told you about Country Garden in a phone call five months before he took the stand, why didn't you tell ICAC what you knew?"
Ms Berejiklian responded that "The NSW government welcomes the report".
"There are a number of recommendations we'll consider in due course and the relevant matters there will be considered by the [Director of Public Prosecutions]," Ms Berejiklian said.
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Ms Cotsis' question appeared to refer to ICAC's intercepted phone call between Ms Berejiklian and Mr Maguire in February 2018, in which he told her a proposal with Country Garden "has f------ fallen through".
Ms Berejiklian was questioned about the phone call at a separate ICAC hearing in 2020 and testified she had "no idea what that meant" when Mr Maguire told her about Country Garden.
Ms Berejiklian also testified in at ICAC in 2020 she was in a "close personal relationship" with Mr Maguire at the time and "had no idea" in February 2018 that Mr Maguire had a financial link to Country Garden.
ICAC on Monday handed down its report into the 'Operation Dasha' investigation into Canterbury councillors.
The report stated that Mr Maguire "initially denied that he had ever attempted to do business with" a Canterbury councillor, which was contradicted by intercepted phone calls.
Operation Dasha was not set up to investigate Mr Maguire directly, but he was caught on intercepted phone calls speaking with Canterbury councillors who had been targeted by ICAC.
Mr Maguire resigned from Parliament in August 2018, more than three weeks after he first appeared at an ICAC hearing in Sydney.
The 2018 hearings led ICAC to start another investigation, named 'Operation Keppel', into allegations against Mr Maguire, which held its own public hearings in 2020.
Before Ms Berejiklian responded to Ms Ms Cotsis on Tuesday, Parliament Speaker Jonathan O'Dea handed out warnings to multiple MPs for interjecting.
One Coalition MP had yelled out that the question was "ridiculous" and Ms Cotsis responded that she was "entitled" to ask it and urged MPs to "read the report".
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