Robertson has been revisiting some evidence from yesterday, namely that Maguire, as the honorary chair of a Shenzen commerce group, took trips to the South Pacific in which, Icac alleges, he improperly presented himself as working on behalf of the government when in fact he was pursuing business interests.
Maguire admits he was a “door opener” for the Shenzen group, and was acting outside of his role as a public official.
We then hear about a meeting Maguire had on 5 April 2017 with Louise Waterhouse. Robertson puts it to Maguire that he was asking her “for her assistance in setting up meetings and things of that kind”.
Maguire says he wanted to brief Waterhouse about the Shenzen group.
Robertson then reads a snippet from an email Waterhouse sent to Maguire after the meeting in which she mentions their “confidential discussion” about an “exciting project” in Badgerys Creek.
'I'll give it to her all right' – Maguire tells property developer friend he'd deliver letter to Berejiklian
Robertson is taking Maguire through a series of favours Maguire did for the property developer Joe Alha.
The two were “great mates”, Maguire says, and had discussed the idea of working together when he left parliament. Robertson asks if that’s why Maguire worked so hard on Alha’s behalf arranging meetings. He puts it to Maguire that he was Alha’s “direct line to government”.
Maguire says he did not do it because he was hoping to seek employment with Alha.
We’re played a phone intercept in which Maguire is instructing an agitated Alha on how to deal with a development issue. He’s instructing him to “pour your heart out” in a letter to the planning minister, Anthony Roberts, and tells him to “CC the premier”, Gladys Berejiklian.
How do I get the email, Alha asks?
I’ll fix it. I’ll give it to her all right.
Maguire then says he can’t recall if he ever delivered the letter to the premier.
Before that we were played a phone intercept in which Alha tells Maguire he wants a meeting with the transport minister, Andrew Constance.
I just want some clarity if they are moving the train station ... I want some fucking straight answers.