An anti-corruption body investigating NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s ex-boyfriend has apologised to the pair after a transcript of suppressed details of their relationship was accidentally uploaded online.
The transcript of the closed-door hearing, during which former Wagga Wagga Liberal MP Daryl Maguire was grilled about sensitive details of their relationship, was uploaded on Thursday afternoon and remained online for over 30 minutes.
Ruth McColl, who is presiding over the Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry, opened Friday’s hearing with an apology to the premier and Mr Maguire.
“On behalf of the commission, I would like to apologise for that inadvertent uploading,” she said.
How the private transcript came to be uploaded will be internally investigated, she added.
The ICAC has accused Mr Maguire of using his public office to gain a benefit for himself. He has not denied this.
Since Ms Berejiklian was on Monday forced to publicly reveal her relationship with Mr Maguire, which began in 2015 and ended in August 2020, the premier has been forced to defend her integrity.
On Friday, Mr Maguire told the inquiry he did shield the premier from details of his business dealings so as not to cause difficulties, but had used her as a “sounding board”.
“I thought it would cause her difficulties, so I limited the information that I gave her, yes … obviously, there is a conflict of interest and all that kind of stuff,” he said.
The four-week ICAC inquiry into Mr Maguire is expected to conclude on Friday after delving into the final months of his parliamentary career.