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WATCH LIVE: Former NSW Premier Mike Baird to participate in ICAC investigation into Gladys Berejiklian

Former Prime Minister Mike Baird will appear on Wednesday at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry into Gladys Berejiklian. Join Sky News for full coverage starting at 10 a.m.

The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a third day of hearings as part of a public inquiry into Operation Keppel.

Former Prime Minister Mike Baird and his former chief strategy officer Nigel Blunden will appear.

The Commission is investigating whether, between 2012 and 2018, former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian engaged in conduct that:

  • constituted or involved a breach of public trust by exercising public office in circumstances where she was in a position of conflict between her public duties and her private interest as a person having a personal relationship with the Member of Parliament for New Brunswick South Wales at the time, Mr. Daryl Maguire, in connection with: grants pledged and / or awarded to the Australian Clay Target Association Inc in 2016/2017; and grants pledged and / or awarded to the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga in 2018; and or
  • has constituted or involved the partial exercise of one of its official functions, in relation to: grants promised and / or awarded to the Australian Clay Target Association Inc in 2016/2017; grants pledged and / or awarded to the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga in 2018; and or
  • constituted or involved the dishonest or partial exercise of one of its official functions and / or a breach of public confidence by refusing to exercise its duty in accordance with Article 11 of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 report any matter which it reasonably suspected or suspected to involve or might involve corrupt conduct in connection with the conduct of Mr. Daryl Maguire; and or
  • was likely to allow or encourage the occurrence of corrupt behavior by Mr. Maguire.

The Commission is also investigating whether, between 2012 and August 2018, Mr Maguire engaged in behavior which involved a breach of public trust by using his civil service, involving his duties as a Member of the Parliament of New Wales South and the use of parliamentary resources, to gain undue advantage for itself, G8wayInternational / G8wayInternational Pty Ltd and associated persons.

The general scope and objective of the public inquiry is to collect evidence relevant to the matters under investigation for the purpose of determining the matters referred to in Section 13 (2) of the Law on ICAC.

The Commission has decided that public inquiries will be conducted, to the extent possible, remotely via an audio-visual link (AVL) until there is a change in current COVID-19 public health orders.

The Assistant Commissioner, the Honorable Ruth McColl AO SC, will chair the public inquiry. Counsel assisting the Commission will be Mr. Scott Robertson and Mr. Alex Brown.

The investigation is expected to continue for approximately 10 days.

LIST OF WITNESSES

Week starting Monday October 18, 2021. Please note that this list is subject to change. Updated October 14, 2021.

Monday October 18: Michael Toohey

Tuesday October 19: Paul Doorn

Wednesday October 20: Nigel Blunden, Mike Baird

Thursday October 21: Chris Hanger

Friday October 22: The Honorable Stuart Ayres, Gary Barnes

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