NSW MP John Sidoti to front ICAC again after presenting new material to watchdog

Anton NilssonNCA NewsWire
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A former NSW Minister will front a public corruption hearing again, months after his last appearance.

Drummoyne MP John Sidoti will take the witness stand at the Independent Commission Against Corruption next Thursday, the watchdog announced.

The ICAC said the hearing would deal with “matters from material provided by Mr Sidoti” after the commission last accepted evidence in April.

“He has requested (the material) be included as evidence in the Commission’s investigation,” the ICAC said in a statement on Wednesday.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the new material was. The ICAC also said it would hear testimony from two other witnesses next week.

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Camera IconJohn Sidoti will appear before the ICAC again. NCA NewsWire/Joel Carrett Credit: News Corp Australia

Mr Sidoti testified at livestreamed hearings before the ICAC earlier this year, responding to allegations he misused his position as an MP to pressure local council officials into making planning decisions that would benefit him and his family.

The commission heard Mr Sidoti was trying to interfere with planning decisions by the City of Canada Bay council that would impact properties he and his family owned in the Five Dock neighbourhood in Sydney’s inner west.

The ICAC is also probing allegations Mr Sidoti failed to disclose his stake in the properties to the parliament.

The alleged misconduct occurred between 2011 and 2019.

He has denied wrongdoing.

Mr Sidoti was formerly state minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans, but stepped aside from those portfolios in 2019 after the ICAC confirmed it would investigate him.

He formally resigned as minister and left the Liberal Party in March. However he continues to serve the electorate of Drummoyne as an independent MP.

Originally published as NSW MP John Sidoti to front ICAC again after presenting new material to watchdog

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