ICAC officials hunt hard drive at NSW Parliament amid probe into former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) officials have raided an office at NSW Parliament House as part of an inquiry into the former Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire.
The ICAC is investigating whether between 2012 and 2018 Mr Maguire used his position in public office for personal gain.
Earlier this week, the ICAC heard evidence Mr Maguire may have been involved in a "cash for visa" scheme.
Whilst giving evidence this afternoon, Parliament House staffer, Rebecca Cartwright — who worked for the former Liberal MP — told counsel assisting Scott Robertson she had received a phone call from Mr Maguire in 2018, after he'd given evidence to another ICAC inquiry probing the former Canterbury Council.
"He said to me there was a hard drive that had his name on it," Ms Cartwright said.
Ms Catwright told the inquiry the hard drive was from his computer at Parliament House and Mr Maguire, who served as Wagga Wagga MP for almost 20 years before standing down in 2018, had instructed the Parliament's IT department to send it to her.
"He said to post it, and it gets lost in the post," she said.
Under questioning from Mr Robertson, Ms Cartwright conceded she took Mr Maguire's comments to mean she should dispose of the hard drive.
"I kept the hard drive. I still have the hard drive," she said.
"It's in the Government Whip's office."
Mr Robertson called on Assistant Commissioner Ruth McColl to allow ICAC to collect the hard drive during the lunch break.
Just after 1.00pm two ICAC officials escorted Ms Cartwright from the hearing to NSW Parliament to retrieve the hard drive.
After the adjournment, Ms Cartwright told the inquiry she first came to know about the hard drive in an email from Parliament House's IT department, saying Mr Maguire had ordered the hard drive to be given to her.
After she had the hard drive, Ms Cartwright said she then spoke to Mr Maguire, who made the "post" comments.
"He didn't say destroy it, he didn't say get rid of it," she said.
The hearing continues.
How can she knowingly hide the hard drive from investigators for TWO years and get away with it? At the very least she should be charged with aiding and abetting. It ridiculous
and since we're on the topic of corruption, I'm not sure if anyone else saw it, but the other day there was a story about the libs paying some donor $30m for land that was valued at $3m. This sort of crap has to stop. The only way it's going to stop is if we start prosecuting the bastards. Jail the bastards, and triple the sentence for the first half a dozen, so as to deter the other pigs remaining at the trough.