Mr Maguire was attempting to assist business pursuits in China deliver oil merchandise to Australia, when he stated “this group have gotten some new know-how… I need to try to get a shortcut if I can.”
Mr Coure was secretary of the friendship group. He stated Mr Maguire’s representations weren’t correct in any respect and that he “completely [did] not” have consent to have that form of dialog.
The inquiry has beforehand heard Mr Maguire allegedly misused his function as an MP and as a parliamentary chair to profit his personal monetary pursuits, together with operating a cash-for visa scheme for Chinese language nationals.
The Asia Pacific Friendship Group was arrange within the late 1980s to create friendship between NSW and communities within the Asia-Pacific area.
Any time a member or govt of the group needs to deliver a delegation to parliament or journey below the auspices of the group, they’re required to hunt permission.
Nevertheless Mr Coure informed the fee Mr Maguire didn’t try this, placing him in “clear breach” of the foundations.
He stated Mr Maguire by no means had permission to make use of his title as chair of the group to lend help to numerous business teams, saying, “I can by no means recall in virtually nine-and-a-half years as secretary… any of these organisations being raised.”
The inquiry beforehand heard Mr Maguire created his personal enterprise playing cards in Chinese language translation, sporting his title and the NSW Authorities emblem, to be shared with enterprise associates in Asia.
After the listening to Mr Coure’s lawyer Greg Walsh stated the Oatley MP had no concept or information of any “commerciality” that Mr Maguire was concerned in till final week.
“The work he does is of important significance to the neighborhood and he’s very upset about what has occurred.”
Earlier within the day ICAC heard from witness Tim Howe, who ran a catering firm that serviced the Wagga RSL.
He informed the fee he was in search of a chef who spoke Chinese language when he agreed to attend a gathering at Sydney airport to fulfill a possible candidate. The candidate spoke little or no English and his solely hospitality expertise was washing dishes in a pizza store.
Mr Howe stated he quickly realised the person would by no means really work for him however was merely attempting to acquire an Australian visa. He didn’t proceed with employment.
ICAC additionally heard proof from Ho Yuen Li, who met Mr Maguire round 2015. Mr Li was the president of enterprise group Shenzhen Asia Pacific Industrial Growth Affiliation. Mr Maguire was honorary president.
Mr Li informed the fee Mr Maguire provided to help SAPCDA members to find enterprise alternatives within the south pacific, together with a proposal for a resort with a on line casino in Samoa.
Mr Li stated he thought it was inside Mr Maguire’s “work scope” to advertise such enterprise.
He additionally agreed that Mr Maguire had launched him to honorary Tongan consul-general and Invoice Waterhouse inheritor Louise Raedler Waterhouse, who was proposing a housing property improvement round Western Sydney airport.
The inquiry continues.
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Lucy Cormack is a state political reporter with The
Sydney Morning Herald.