The NSW corruption watchdog’s delayed report into the conduct of Gladys Berejiklian will soon be delivered, more than a year and a half after the former premier resigned while waiting for the findings.
The probe into Berejiklian’s dealings began after the Independent Commission Against Corruption launched inquiries into the disgraced former Liberal MP for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire.
The watchdog investigated whether Maguire used his role as an MP to gain a financial benefit and whether Berejiklian breached the public trust during their five-year secret personal relationship.
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The ICAC said the final report would be delivered to the NSW parliament on June 29.
The Operation Keppel report would be delivered to the parliament’s presiding officers at 9am and it would be available for public viewing if the officers made it public.
The commission revealed in January that the report would not be released before the March election as it concerned complex matters of law and thousands of pages of exhibits, transcripts and submissions.
“The commission remains conscious of its obligation to furnish the report as soon as possible after it has concluded its involvement in the matter, and continues to anticipate the report will be ready to be furnished during this quarter,” a spokeswoman said at the time.
The report is scheduled to be delivered nearly 18 months after Berejiklian’s resignation as premier in October 2021, and more than two and a half years after she first gave evidence about her secret romance with Maguire.
The investigation hinges on whether Berejiklian’s concealment of her relationship with Maguire breached the public trust, whether she improperly handled projects pursued by Maguire and if she engaged in conduct “liable to allow or encourage corruption” by him.
Berejiklian has denied any wrongdoing, citing concerns about likely lengthy delays in ICAC delivering its report as a reason for her resignation.
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