The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption announced on October 1 it would hold a public inquiry involving Ms Berejiklian starting on October 18 as part of an ongoing investigation into former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.
The move prompted Ms Berejiklian to resign that very day, but the former Premier has been left off the witness list for the first week of hearings released by ICAC on Wednesday.
While Ms Berejiklian will not appear next week, her predecessor – Mr Baird – is set to face the commission on Wednesday.
Mr Baird – who took over as Premier from Barry O’Farrell after his resignation following an ICAC investigation – will give evidence to the inquiry as well as newly-installed deputy Liberal leader Stuart Ayres who will appear on Friday.
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During the first public inquiry into Mr Maguire’s conduct as part of ICAC’s Operation Keppell, Ms Berejiklian revealed she had been in a “close personal relationship” with the now-former MP.
In a statement ICAC said the upcoming public inquiries will investigate whether Ms Berejiklian breached public trust or allowed or encouraged corrupt conduct in connection to grants associated with Mr Maguire whilst she was Treasurer and Premier.
The focus of the inquiry will be centred on two grants for the Australian Clay Target Association Inc, and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, both in Wagga Wagga, reportedly worth more than $30 million.
ICAC will also seek to determine whether Ms Berejiklian breached public trust by “refusing to exercise her duty” to report any matter she may have suspected as “corrupt conduct” relating to Mr Maguire.
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As well as Mr Baird and Mr Ayres, former NSW public servants and a former director of strategy to Mr Baird whilst he was Premier are expected to front the inquiry next week.
During the announcement of her resignation, Ms Berejiklian said she “always acted with the highest level of integrity” and that the grants at the centre of the inquyiry were “historic matters” which have been the subject “numerous attacks on me by political opponents”.
The inquiry is expected to last for ten days.

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