Maguire told associate Barry O'Farrell was 'quite happy' for him to profit off private deals
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Maguire told associate Barry O'Farrell was 'quite happy' for him to profit off private deals

Disgraced former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire told a close friend that then-Premier Barry O'Farrell was "quite happy" for him to be involved with private Chinese business deals and did not mind if he got a commission or payment out of it.

In a previously secret interview with the corruption watchdog, Mr Maguire's associate Robert Tuck said he once asked the former MP why he was involved with major ventures such as a proposed $400 million trade centre in Wagga Wagga and an aviation school.

"[Mr Maguire] said, 'Barry's quite happy for me to do it ... because it's something good for NSW and Australia and he doesn't mind if I get a commission or get a payment out of it," Mr Tuck said.

Former premier Barry O'Farrell with Gladys Berijiklian and Daryl Maguire.

Former premier Barry O'Farrell with Gladys Berijiklian and Daryl Maguire. Credit:Twitter

The recently-released transcripts show Mr Tuck told Independent Commission Against Corruption investigators in October 2018 he had asked Mr Maguire what Mr O'Farrell thought about Mr Maguire's business dealings.

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Mr Tuck said Mr Maguire had been used by the Chinese, who would "drop him" because he was no longer a member of Parliament and could not offer access to government.

"In China what Daryl did would not be an offence ... they really used him and he was stupid enough to get caught," he said. "Code of Conduct. If he is familiar with it, he's ignored it."

Former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire leaving the ICAC on Wednesday.

Former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire leaving the ICAC on Wednesday.Credit:James Brickwood

Mr Tuck, who wrote a 700-page thesis on Chinese corruption, told the ICAC he had travelled to China with Mr Maguire and encouraged him to enter Parliament in the 1990s.

The details emerge after Mr Maguire gave three days of evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption, admitting he misused positions as an MP and parliamentary secretary for his own financial gain and breached public trust.

It capped off a turbulent four-week inquiry which included a bombshell revelation the former MP had been in a secret five-year relationship with Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Opposition Leader Jodi McKay told a NSW Labor convention on Saturday her party would this week attempt to ban ministers and parliamentary secretaries from receiving commissions from property developers.

Secretary of the Liaoning province Wang Min with then-premier of NSW Barry O'Farrell at the signing ceremony in 2012.

Secretary of the Liaoning province Wang Min with then-premier of NSW Barry O'Farrell at the signing ceremony in 2012.

Almost 2500 pages of previously unseen interview transcripts and documents were tendered to the commission on Thursday, which contained multiple references to Mr O'Farrell, including details of his relationship with the former Wagga MP.

In his interview with ICAC investigators, Mr Tuck said he believed Mr Maguire was close to Mr O'Farrell. Mr O'Farrell did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

The bundle of documents also contains interviews with several government MPs including minister Melinda Pavey, Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies, Davidson MP Jonathon O'Dea and Oatley MP Mark Coure.

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Mr Coure, who was secretary of the Asia Pacific Friendship Group which the Wagga MP chaired, said while Mr Maguire was "very close" to several former leaders, he was closest to "one of them in particular".

When asked by an ICAC investigator if he was referring to Mr O'Farrell, Mr Coure said: "Correct. But I don't, I don't know where he sat.

"I mean he was never really factional, I mean he was just a, you know, a country Liberal MP that, you know, just did what he had to do I suppose. Yeah, so he wasn’t really ever really close to anyone else," Mr Coure said.

The inquiry previously heard Mr Maguire turned his Parliament House office into a work site for his own business interests, including hosting an event for a Chinese delegation that was briefly attended by then-premier Mr O'Farrell in November 2012.

An invoice was tendered to the ICAC showing Mr Maguire used the business he silently directed - G8wayinternational Pty Ltd - to charge a $5500 "introductory fee" for the meet and greet with Mr O'Farrell.

The Sun-Herald can also reveal the most senior government figure in that Chinese delegation, who posed in photos with Mr O'Farrell, has been in a Chinese prison since 2017 for corruption offences.

Wang Min at Luoyang Intermediate People's Court in central China's Henan Province.

Wang Min at Luoyang Intermediate People's Court in central China's Henan Province.

Wang Min, the former secretary of Liaoning province, was sentenced to life in jail for bribery, corruption and negligence of duty. Mr Wang accepted money and valuables worth more than US$21.7 million ($30.7 million) between 2004 and 2016, a Chinese court heard.

Mr Maguire arranged for Mr Wang and other delegates to attend a lunch at Parliament House in November 2012 to celebrate the signing of an agreement with Wagga Wagga City Council to build a $400 million trade centre.

The project, which never eventuated, was to be modelled off the Wuai Market in Liaoning province. In a March 2012 email included in the bundle Mr Maguire wrote to a Chinese business associate that he had "advised Barry" to travel to Liaoning province.

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