The seasoned lawyer who chairs the ICAC investigation of Berejiklian

As senior counsel, Ms. McColl assisted the coroner in the Thredbo landslide investigation in 1997 and chaired as Deputy Commissioner a 1996 ICAC investigation into a “culture of flight” in the Glebe Mortuary in Sydney.

Evidence prior to the Glebe morgue investigation showed that the practice of “digging up” or stealing objects from corpses was “common knowledge” at the time, “at least among most forensic assistants. “.

Ms McColl concluded in 1998 that evidence presented at the Glebe Mortuary Inquiry showed that the practice of “destroying” or stealing valuables from dead bodies was “common knowledge” at the time. , “at least among most forensic assistants”. Indeed, some forensic assistants had “bragged about the amounts they had” missed “or” noted “,” she said.

The “assessment” survey attracted “considerable, and at times sensational, media coverage,” the ICAC said in a 1997 report, but apparently it did not raise the profile of the agency. The majority of survey respondents did not associate the survey with the work of the corruption watchdog.

The ICAC has not had this profile problem in recent years.

Public hearings for the Maguire inquiry began in September last year, with Ms McColl at the helm.

In October of last year, Ms Berejiklian gave surprising evidence that she had been in a “close personal relationship” with Mr Maguire from “around the 2015 state elections” until 2018.

Former MP Daryl Maguire and Gladys Berejiklian both testified before the ICAC last year.

At the time, Ms. Berejiklian was not charged with any wrongdoing.

But on October 1 of this year, the ICAC announced that it had broadened the scope of its investigation to determine whether the former prime minister engaged in behavior between 2012 and 2018 “likely to allow or encourage the occurrence of corrupt behavior by Mr. Maguire “.

It also examines whether Ms. Berejiklian exercised her official duties dishonestly or partially by refusing to exercise her duty to report to the ICAC any reasonable suspicion concerning Mr. Maguire.

Government grants to two organizations of Mr. Maguire’s electorate, the Australian Clay Target Association Inc and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, are also under consideration.

Mr. Maguire has previously admitted to using his position as an MP and parliamentary secretary to earn money for himself and his associates. He told the ICAC last year that he had turned his parliamentary office into the part-time seat of a private business network he ran in silence.

Ms. McColl will chair the next phase of the investigation. The public hearings, which begin Monday, are expected to last ten days. Former NSW Premier Mike Baird and NSW Industry and Trade Minister Stuart Ayres will be among the witnesses called next week.

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