It was with interest that I read on SMH online that a Mr Nick Di Girolamo has resigned his position within the Liberal Party (being a member of which is an error of judgement in itself I would venture) as a result (allegedly) of an ICAC inquiry into Chris Hartcher (Minister in the NSW Liberal/coalition govt) and contracts with an authority with which Mr Di Girolamo is associated. I am assuming this is the same man who occupies (or did occupy) a position on the board of the Wests Tigers, as a representative of the Balmain club, whose incapacity to contribute financially to the Wests Tigers NRL venture arose due to the “bungled” commercial development of the old Tigers Leagues club site at Rozelle? My reading of associated press offerings on the issue mentions connections with one Mr Eddie Obeid. So, there you go. Corporate governance of the highest order it would seem at our club? Allegedly. And, assuming the presumption of innocence, of course.
Dodgy bros from the old Fast Forward comedy program (I think)
Well before Fast Forward - early to mid 80s ABC. ‘Australia You’re Standing in it’ is the first show I remember them in. I think they did a few ABC shows around that era. Great fun :slight_smile:
Fast Forward was spawned from the ABC comedy series The D Generation, Fast Forward later became Full Frontal
SMH article 5/3/14
Businessman Nick Di Girolamo resigned as deputy chairman of Wests Tigers rugby league club just days before being named in an inquiry being undertaken by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Mr Di Girolamo quit the board on February 14, four days before ICAC announced it would hold public inquiries into corruption allegations against him.
A spokesman for Wests Tigers confirmed Mr Di Girolamo’s resignation but declined to comment on whether it was linked to the ICAC investigation.
ICAC is investigating allegations that as chief executive of infrastructure company Australian Water Holdings Mr Di Girolamo tried to mislead an ICAC investigation into whether former Labor MP Eddie Obeid attempted to influence public officials over a proposed deal with Sydney Water.
It is also alleged AWH, via Mr Di Girolamo, made ‘‘regular payments’’ - purportedly for public relations advice - to a business, Eightbyfive, in return for which Chris Hartcher, the former resources minister, ‘‘favoured the interests of AWH’’. Eightbyfive was owned by Tim Koelma, who volunteered in Mr Hartcher’s electorate office before the March 2011 election and became a policy adviser when Mr Hartcher was appointed resources minister.
Last week Premier Barry O’Farrell came under fire in Parliament over his contact with Mr Di Girolamo - a well-known Liberal Party figure - in relation to a separate matter, the Wallarah 2 coalmine proposal on the central coast.
In opposition Mr O’Farrell promised the mine would not go ahead under a Coalition government, declaring: ‘‘No ifs, no buts … a guarantee’’.
However, an application by the proponent, Kores, has been supported by the Planning Department and is before the Planning Assessment Commission. In Parliament last week Mr O’Farrell admitted to ‘‘dropping in’’ on a meeting Mr Di Girolamo attended with Mr Hartcher and Kores representatives in February 2012.
Mr Di Girolamo was lobbying on behalf of Kores.
On Tuesday Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham put forward a motion to introduce a bill banning mining in central coast drinking water catchment areas, which would affect Wallarah 2.
The motion to introduce the Central Coast Drinking Water Catchments Protection (No Ifs, No Buts, a Guarantee) Bill is expected to be passed with support from Labor and the Shooters and Fishers Party.
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Barry O’Farrell admits meeting ICAC target Nick Di Girolamo at 10 functions
Published: March 7, 2014 - 8:55AM
Barry O’Farrell has revealed he has met controversial Liberal identity Nick Di Girolamo at 10 functions or events since becoming Premier, > including at Wests Tigers football matches> , despite telling parliament only last week he “can’t remember the last time I spoke to [him]”.
On Thursday, in response to opposition questioning on the issue, Mr O’Farrell claimed the Labor party had been provided with the information a year ago as part of a freedom of information request.
But Labor says it has no record of this, raising the prospect Mr O’Farrell has misled parliament twice in a fortnight over the issue.
Mr Di Girolamo is being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption for allegedly facilitating “regular payments” to a business owned of a staff member of former resources minister Chris Hartcher.
ICAC will examine allegations that in return Mr Hartcher “favoured the interests” of Australian Water Holdings, a company linked to the family of corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid, of which Mr Di Girolamo was chief executive.
Separately Mr O’Farrell has been under pressure to reveal the extent of his contact with Mr Di Girolamo over the controversial Wallarah 2 coal mine proposal on the central coast.
In opposition Mr O’Farrell and Mr Hartcher promised to block the mine, but in government have allowed it to pass through the planning stages. It is now before the Planning Assessment Commission for determination.
Fairfax Media revealed Mr Di Girolamo registered as a lobbyist for the Korean company behind the mine, Kores Australia, in early 2012.
It has since emered he set about seeking meetings with Mr O’Farrell and Mr Hartcher over the mine.
Mr O’Farrell admitted to parliament last week he “dropped in” to a meeting between Mr Hartcher and Kores executives attended by Mr Di Girolamo in Februrary 28, 2012 - shortly before Mr Di Girolamo was officially registered as a lobbyist.
Mr O’Farrell insisted he dropped into the meeting to apologise for not previously being able to meet the president of Kores despite numerous requests. He was later forced to correct the parliamentary record after admitting a previously undisclosed meeting request by Mr Di Girolamo.
On Thursday, Mr O’Farrell’s office released a list of functions and events during also attended by Mr Di Girolamo.
It reveals Mr O’Farrell attended three gala dinners of the Italian Chamber of Commerce - of which Mr Di Girolamo was president - in October 2011, October 2012 and November last year
Mr Di Girolamo was until recently deputy chairman of the West Tigers rugby league club.
Mr O’Farrell attended a Wests Tigers match on March 17 last year and a “briefing on Wests Tigers governance issues” on June 12.
On September 4 he attended a Wests Tigers corporate lunch and on October 4 attended the club’s grand final lunch.
It has previously been revealed that on May 27, 2011 Mr O’Farrell attended a meeting with Mr Di Girolamo and then finance minister Greg Pearce to discuss Australian Water Holdings.
The meeting was about a $100 million contract with Sydney Water that was subsequently awarded to AWH. The contract is the subject of a separate ICAC inquiry.