Disgraced MP Daryl Maguire Quits, Triggering By-Election For Wagga Wagga
Daryl Maguire used staff to lobby NSW ministers to advance Sydney property projects.
Wagga Wagga residents can begin preparing for a by-election after disgraced NSW MP Daryl Maguire finally resigned from parliament.
Maguire, who was caught up in a corruption scandal last month, had pledged to quit before MPs returned from the winter break on August 7 following pressure from the public and colleagues.
His resignation on Friday came three weeks after damning taped phone conversations of him discussing potential commissions from a property deal were played at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
The politician lobbied NSW ministerial staff in 2016 over two potential developments in Sydney, according to an investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald: one, a potential 25-storey residential tower in Campsie, and the other a piece of land in the industrial suburb of Camellia on which more than 2,000 apartments could be built.
"Don't you know how this works?" he reportedly told a staffer for former NSW planning minister Rob Stokes. "We have to help our friends."
Neither eventuated in special treatment.
The long-time Liberal backbencher stepped down from his role as parliamentary secretary and quit the Liberal party moments after fronting ICAC on July 13.
He was paid almost $10,000 in the three weeks between the hearing and his resignation from parliament.
The Liberals are yet to preselect a candidate for the upcoming by-election.
Local councillor Dan Hayes will stand for Labor at the poll.