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Pressure mounts on Premier to expel embattled MP who refuses to resign

A former state Liberal MP embroiled in a property development scandal is digging in his heels and refusing to quit politics.

Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire resigned from the Liberal Party after the corruption watchdog heard secret recordings of him discussing possible deals with one of China’s biggest developers, and plans to take commissions.

In a message on social media, Mr Maguire says he will not quit politics before next year’s election, because a by-election is an unnecessary cost to taxpayers.

Acting NSW Labor leader Michael Daley says Mr Maguire’s response is “gobsmacking”.

“He’s defiant. ‘I won’t go, I’m not standing down. I’ve done enough.’

“Well, you haven’t Daryl. You’ve given yourself a $17,000 haircut to your salary and then you’ve decided to go and have a holiday and then you’re going to sit on the crossbench.”

Mr Daley says Premier Gladys Berejiklian has the power to expel Mr Maguire from parliament and she should.

“If she doesn’t want him there, he’s gone Ben.”

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