Mr Maguire has been drawn into the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s inquiry into the former Canterbury Council through his links to former councillor Michael Hawatt.
Veteran NSW government MP Daryl Maguire admitted he sought a dividend from the sale of a multimillion dollar Sydney property from Chinese developers.
Mr Maguire called Mr Hawatt on May 9, 2016, soon after both had returned from trips to China. The call was recorded by ICAC investigators.
“Joe and I have a couple of deals before a big developer,” Mr Maguire told Mr Hawatt. “A couple of ones we want to kick on.”
Mr Maguire, the parliamentary secretary for the Centenary of Anzac, counter-terrorism, corrections and veterans, asked for anything that was DA, or development application, approved.
“What I want … I just don’t want to f— around,” he told Mr Hawatt. “Have you got plans? Have you got the whole thing already done?
“My client is mega big, OK.
“If he’s interested my client is mega big and has got mega money and wants two or three DA approved projects right now. Today.”
The conversation then turned to the commission that Mr Hawatt, who is under investigation for dishonestly exercising his functions as a councillor, might receive.
“If he’s going to give you 1.5 per cent that’s not enough,” Mr Maguire told Mr Hawatt.
“1.5 per cent isn’t enough divided by two if you know what I’m talking about.”
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has aired a phone conversation between Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire and former Canterbury councillor Michael Hawatt.
He went on the say that 3 per cent commission was better.
After the recording was played, Mr Maguire was asked if he could explain what he was talking about in saying that 1.5 per cent divided by two was not good enough.
Mr Maguire said it appeared an interested person would have to share in a dividend.
“Who was the interested person?” Mr Maguire was asked by counsel assisting the commission, David Buchanan, SC.
“Well I suspect it was me,” Mr Maguire said.
Mr Maguire had earlier told the commission he had known Mr Hawatt since about 2008, when Mr Hawatt ran as the Liberal candidate for Lakemba.
Mr Maguire said he had approached Mr Hawatt about potential property opportunities for friends of his in the Chinese community. In particular, he was seeking opportunities for the Australian branch of the Chinese firm Country Garden. But he said he did not have an interest himself in making money.
“The approach wasn’t for me to do business, it was for others,” Mr Maguire told Mr Buchanan. Mr Maguire said that at the “back of his mind” was the idea that, if Country Garden could establish itself in Australia, it might look to develop in Wagga Wagga.
The ICAC heard on Thursday that Sydney developer Charbel Demian went on to meet Mr Maguire on multiple occasions. On one occasion, ICAC investigators photographed them with Mr Hawatt.
On Thursday, Mr Demian told the ICAC he had met Mr Maguire through Mr Hawatt’s introduction. Mr Demian provided Mr Maguire a list of his potential development sites, including properties at Parramatta, Canterbury and Camellia.
Mr Maguire’s evidence before Commissioner Patricia McDonald, SC, has not concluded.
More to come
SOURCE … view also for audio: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/my-client-is-mega-big-icac-plays-secret-recording-of-lib-mp-20180713-p4zrcl.html