NSW MP John Sidoti allegedly tried to influence council over family-linked properties, Icac told

NSW MP John Sidoti allegedly tried to influence council over family-linked properties, Icac told

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Corruption watchdog investigates allegations former minister hired planners to lobby councillors, which he denies

A New South Wales MP has been accused of seeking to influence local councillors and council staff to make planning decisions in order to benefit his family’s property holdings, an inquiry by the state’s anti-corruption watchdog has heard.

John Sidoti, the former minister for sport who announced earlier this month that he would sit on the crossbench pending the investigation, is accused of hiring town planners to lobby Canada Bay council during a review of zoning regulations in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Five Dock.

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