Sidoti corruption probe to resume hearings

The NSW anti-corruption watchdog is holding further hearings into Drummoyne MP John Sidoti.
The NSW anti-corruption watchdog is holding further hearings into Drummoyne MP John Sidoti.

The NSW corruption watchdog is reopening public hearings into allegations former Berejiklian government minister John Sidoti failed to disclose property interests and misused his position as an MP.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption in March and April held three weeks of hearings investigating claims the Drummoyne MP pressured local councillors to vote for planning decisions in the Sydney suburb Five Dock that would benefit his family and friends.

It is also investigating allegations he failed to disclose those property interests.

The ICAC on Wednesday announced it would resume Operation Whitney public hearings from September 29, to examine extra material provided by Mr Sidoti.

Hearings will be conducted via audio visual link, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Sydney's lockdown.

The former sports minister will be back in the witness box on September 30 and likely October 1, adding to the five days of often fiery evidence he gave during the inquiry's initial hearings.

Mr Sidoti was accused of giving false evidence several times during the proceedings but denies all wrongdoing.

His sister Lisa Andersen will also appear as a witness at the public hearings for the first time, with former Five Dock Chamber of Commerce vice-president Glen Haron also to give evidence.

Mr Sidoti previously told hearings an encounter with Mr Haron jogged his memory about a meeting he had been questioned over during the inquiry, something counsel assisting Rob Ranken suggested he had "made up".

Mr Sidoti stood aside as sports minister in 2019 after the ICAC began its investigation, and resigned from the Berejiklian government cabinet in March shortly before the public hearings began.

Australian Associated Press