“I deleted or tried to delete emails or spreadsheets. That’s what I was asked to do, so I tried,” he said.
The hearing also heard Mr Maguire told Mr Elliott he was “sadly” going to have to run in the 2019 state election because other property and agricultural ventures of G8wayinternational had fallen over.
In an extract of an intercepted phone call, just over 12 months out from the 2019 election, Mr Maguire and Mr Elliott spoke about the MP’s future in office.
“At this point in time I think I’m gonna have to go again, sadly … Country Gardens has fallen over, Jimmy is busy doing other stuff, I’ve got a sick son-in-law I probably have to kick in for … that’s how it’s looking at the moment,” Mr Maguire said.
On Tuesday Mr Elliott told the hearing the conversation took place when Mr Maguire was going through a divorce settlement that was expected to cost around $1 million.
Mr Elliott obfuscated as he was asked repeatedly by counsel assisting the commission Scott Robertson about the business of Country Gardens, “Jimmy” and how both were linked to Mr Maguire.
He said he did not know what Mr Maguire was telling him, when he said “Jimmy is busy doing other stuff.”
“It looks to me like Mr Maguire thinks you know something about Jimmy,” Mr Robertson said.
“I don’t know,” Mr Elliott said.
He later acknowledged “Jimmy” referred to a man for whom Mr Maguire facilitated an opportunity to purchase agricultural land.
Mr Elliott agreed Mr Maguire saw Jimmy as a “potential source of money,” determining whether he chose to stand for Parliament.
G8wayinternational claimed to offer an immigration service, business network and chaperoned travel, with influence and experience that “reaches to high levels of government.”
G8wayinternational said it could offer vital connections needed to source products and services in the Asia region, with interests in immigration and agriculture products like milk and cotton. It also explored property developments in NSW and Queensland.
On Monday ICAC heard Mr Maguire was the true director of the company and the person who “pulled the strings.”
It is alleged he spruiked his connections and his diplomatic weight in the Asia-Pacific region for his own financial gain.
The inquiry continues.
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Lucy Cormack is a state political reporter with The
Sydney Morning Herald.