On Friday Ms Hill told the Independent Commission Against Corruption the meeting that followed began as expected, before it turned to the rezoning of Ms Waterhouse’s land.
“I was particularly energised after the meeting to write a very detailed file note straight away. To be frank, I was angry. I felt either I had made a mistake or I had been put in a difficult situation and I didn’t feel comfortable… which really riled me.”
Ms Hill was giving evidence to ICAC, which is investigating whether Mr Maguire used his position as a member of parliament for his own financial benefit and a company he silently directed.
She told the commission she only took very detailed notes about a meeting when “I was concerned about a meeting or feel I need to be cautious around being verballed.”
Ms Hill said she recalled her distinct feeling that Mr Maguire not acting in the meeting as a member of parliament, but more of an advocate and “indeed frustrated we weren’t progressing the conversation the way they wanted it to go.”
At the time Ms Waterhouse was seeking to change the “metropolitan rural area” boundary on the land, to assist in rezoning, the commission heard.
“I recalled saying we reviewed many submissions which pointed to the need to maintain the boundary… I remember him getting very frustrated at that and being quite derogatory to bureaucrats,” Ms Hill said.
“I would not normally record a blow-by-blow, he said, she said [note].”
Ms Hill subsequently sent a ministerial briefing note to Mr Roberts, telling ICAC she thought it was a priority that the minister was aware because GSC plans were days away from going to cabinet discussions.
The commission will hear from former parliamentary liaison officer for Ms Pavey, Jock Sowter, on Friday afternoon.
Mr Sowter is currently the director of strategy for Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who is on mental health leave.
On Thursday ICAC heard Mr Maguire and property broker William Luong, were working together to secure a $330 million sale of the land owned by the Waterhouse family to the Australian arm of property Chinese developer Country Garden.
The land lay within a stone’s throw of the Western Sydney airport. It was hoped the sale would net Mr Luong a brokering commission between $6.9 and $9.9 million, of which Mr Maguire would secure around 10 per cent.
The inquiry continues.
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Lucy Cormack is a state political reporter with The
Sydney Morning Herald.