That concludes the all-star lineup of Labor witnesses at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Eric Roozendaal, who followed Joe Tripodi, Kristina Keneally and Labor staffer Ian McNamara into the box on Monday, will continue giving evidence on Tuesday.
The commission will then shift its focus back to Liberal heavyweights, with former energy minister Chris Hartcher and Garry Edwards, the Liberal member for Swansea, both expected to give evidence on Tuesday.
Hartcher and Edwards are sitting with five of their Liberal colleagues on the cross bench during the ICAC inquiry, which is focused principally on allegedly illicit donations paid to the Liberals before the March 2011 state election.
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What's all this, then? Counsel assisting the ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, asks Eric Roozendaal in the last minutes of the hearing if he gave instructions for his emails relating to Tinkler's coal terminal plan to be erased.
"I don't recall giving any instructions," Roozendaal says.
Roozendaal says he regarded a project rivalling Nathan Tinkler's plans for a coal terminal at Newcastle as a "marginal project at best".
Asked about the source of that opinion, he says it was something that was "put to [him]" by Mr Tinkler's property development company Buildev.
"Your source of information was Buildev?" counsel assisting the ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, asks, in a tone dripping with incredulity.
Watson asks if he regarded this as an "unbiased commentary".
"Not at all," Roozendaal replies.
The ICAC is investigating allegations the former treasurer took steps "quite improperly" to benefit Buildev over its plans for a coal loader.
The inquiry has heard that senior bureaucrats and Mr Roozendaal's own advisers regarded Buildev's coal terminal plan a "dog of a project" and could not understand why Roozendaal wanted it to be considered.
This is laughable. Roozendaal said he was told Buildev's rival project was a marginal project. And who told him that? Buildev. #icac— Kate McClymont (@Kate_McClymont) September 1, 2014
Roozendaal is being asked why no other companies apart from Nathan Tinkler's Buildev were asked to submit a proposal for a coal terminal in Newcastle.
"Clearly Mr Tinkler is a key player in the coal industry," the former NSW treasurer says.
"Was," Commissioner Megan Latham rejoins.
Eric Roozendaal is in the witness box.
The former Labor treasurer agrees that corrupt former minister Joe Tripodi told him he was meeting with executives from Nathan Tinkler's company Buildev in late 2010.
"He was advocating, in a sense, for their proposal," Roozendaal says of Buildev's plans for a coal terminal in Newcastle.
Tripodi won't appreciate that comment.
Former Labor minister Eric Roozendaal. Photo: Kate Geraghty
Former Labor treasurer Eric Roozendaal is the next witness on the list, and we may hear from him today if his own silk speeds up his questioning of Labor staffer Ian McNamara.
Roozendaal has been sitting at the back of the ICAC hearing room for days, and faces tough questions about whether he "took steps", quite improperly, to benefit Nathan Tinkler's company Buildev over its plans for a coal loader in Newcastle.
A couple of legal eagles are squawking about new documents being shown during Ian McNamara's evidence.
Commissioner Megan Latham allows an adjournment until 3.15pm so that Joe Tripodi's silk Maurice Neil can "seek instructions" on those documents before questioning McNamara.
#ICAC is taking a short adjournment (only until 3.15) so that Joe Tripodi's brief can seek instructions from his client on new documents.— Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) September 1, 2014
Just why would Labor figures try to undermine their own candidate in the seat of Newcastle?
"I actually liked Jodi McKay!" Labor staffer Ian McNamara pipes in the ICAC witness box.
He is asked whether he leaked a confidential Treasury document hurting McKay's re-election prospects as the Labor MP for the seat of Newcastle and replies with an emphatic "no".
The ICAC has heard evidence that Joe Tripodi was the source of the leaked document.
Former premier Kristina Keneally gave evidence earlier today that if any Labor figures were involved in undermining McKay, it was "the ultimate act of betrayal".
McNamara is being asked about a very incriminating document titled "Joe Notes", which is apparently a summary of a meeting Joe Tripodi attended with executives from Nathan Tinkler's company Buildev in November 2010.
Buildev sent a helicopter to pick up Tripodi for the meeting and squire him to Newcastle.
Counsel assisting the ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, brings up the helicopter (he is not one to waste an opportunity) before he adds: "Forget those sort of trivialities."
McNamara didn't attend the meeting and can't shed much light on the meeting, where Tripodi and Buildev allegedly plotted about how to block a rival proposal to Tinkler's plans for a coal loader in Newcastle.
Non-Labor MPs in NSW are thoroughly enjoying the evidence as it unfolds on Twitter. Here's a tweet from upper house Greens MP John Kaye, reflecting on Joe Tripodi's claims he was helping a company part-owned by Nathan Tinkler just because he's an "obliging type of person".
What a nice man that Mr Tripodi is. Helping out developer & coal baron because he just helps people. #ICAC— John Kaye (@johnkgreens) September 1, 2014
McNamara is being asked about a meeting he attended with executives from Nathan Tinkler's company Buildev in November 2010.
He says he was "quite surprised" the executives were already aware that he and Eric Roozendaal were meeting with the head of the Newcastle Port Corporation in the near future.
Labor staffer Ian McNamara concedes that he and Joe Tripodi were friends.
He also agrees that Tripodi told him that he was "involved" with Nathan Tinkler's property development company Buildev, which was pushing for a coal loader in the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield.
Former NSW Labor MP Joe Tripodi arrives at the Independent Commission Against Corruption to give evidence on September 1, 2014. Photo: Getty Images/Daniel Munoz
Kristina Keneally's stint in the witness box was all too brief, and was largely finished once she uttered the killer line about the "ultimate act of betrayal".
She is followed into the witness box by Ian McNamara, who has stood aside as Opposition Leader John Robertson's chief of staff during the inqiury.
McNamara, who is known as the Triprotege, did some work in then treasurer Eric Roozendaal's office in early 2011, before Labor was swept from power at the March election.
The ICAC has heard much evidence that Joe Tripodi, in concert with Nathan Tinkler's company Buildev, ran a smear campaign against the then Newcastle Labor MP Jodi McKay before the last election.
Asked what her reaction would have been if she had known that Labor figures were involved in that campaign, Kristina Keneally says: "I'm not entirely sure the language I would have used should be repeated in this room."
It would be the "ultimate act of betrayal", she says, and is "unthinkable".
Keneally says it would be the "ultimate act of betrayal" for Tripodi or other ALP figures to campaign against their own Jodi McKay #ICAC— Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) September 1, 2014
"Mrs Keneally, were you aware that Mr Tripodi was engaged with this project at all?" junior counsel assisting the ICAC, Greg O'Mahoney, asks Keneally of Nathan Tinkler's vision splendid for a coal terminal in Newcastle.
"No, I had very few conversations with him [before the election]," Keneally says.
"We would have moved him out of the office," Kristina Keneally says when asked what would have happened if she had known Labor staffer Ian McNamara was doing work on Buildev's plans for a coal loader while in her office.
The Labor Party needed "nothing less" than people who were 100 per cent focused on the election campaign, she says.
Now we get to the ticklish subject of Ian McNamara, the stood-aside chief of staff to Opposition Leader John Robertson.
"He did come to work in our office in the lead-up to the election as part of the campaign period," Keneally says.
She says McNamara was "responsible for compiling a list of potential projects" that MPs could campaign on.
"We had a limited amount of money...to make commitments," she says.
The ICAC is investigating whether McNamara assisted Tripodi and Roozendaal in relation to Buildev's plans for a coal loader.
"Did you know about that?" junior counsel assisting the ICAC, Greg O'Mahoney, asks.
"No," Keneally says.
Keneally is being asked about the circumstances in which a Treasury document was leaked. The document hurt the then Newcastle Labor MP Jodi McKay's re-election prospects.
The ICAC has heard evidence the document was leaked by corrupt former Labor minister Joe Tripodi.
Keneally says she called then treasurer Eric Roozendaal and he denied leaking the document "emphatically and in very clear tones".
"He was very angry as well," Keneally says.
It "reflected very badly on him" and he was "furious".
Former premier Kristina Keneally is in the witness box.
"Are you Kristina Kerscher Keneally?" junior counsel assisting the inquiry, Greg O'Mahoney says.
"Yes," she replies.
She says she became aware of the old BHP steelworks site in the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield, where Nathan Tinkler's company wanted to build a coal terminal, in 2008 or 2009 when she was planning minister.
Herald scoop Kate McClymont summarises this morning's evidence at the ICAC before the hearing resumes after lunch with evidence from former Premier Kristina Keneally.
Corrupt former Labor minister Joe Tripodi has repeatedly resorted to having “no recollection” when pressed about leaking a confidential Treasury document which benefited Nathan Tinkler's property development company.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has heard that the document was contrary to accepted government policy and favourable to the interests of Mr Tinkler who was hoping to secure approval for a coal loader.
The ICAC is examining allegations that Mr Tripodi and his colleague, the then Treasurer Eric Roozendaal, took steps, ''quite improperly'', to deliver Mr Tinkler’s coal loader, which would have resulted in a profit worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Both men are alleged to have undermined their own colleague, then Newcastle Labor MP Jodi McKay, who had refused to back Mr Tinkler’s proposal and was supporting a plan to have a container terminal on the Mayfield site.
The inquiry has heard that it was Mr Tripodi who handed the highly-confidential Treasury document to Darren Williams, a co-owner of Mr Tinkler’s development company Buildev.
Mr Williams met Mr Tripodi at the Aurora Bar, on the corner of Phillip and Bent streets, in Sydney’s CBD on or about 8 February, 2011.
Mr Tripodi agrees he had a meeting at the bar with Mr Williams and former Labor staffer Ann Wills, who was known at Mr Tripodi’s “eyes and ears” in Newcastle.
Mr Tripodi’s protégé, Ian McNamara, who was working in Treasurer Eric Roozendaal’s office at the time, is also alleged to have “popped in” to the meeting.
When Mr Williams was asked by counsel assisting Geoffrey Watson, SC, who gave him the Treasury document,” Mr Williams said, “I, I believe it was Joe.”
A week later, Ms Wills leaked the document to Matthew Kelly at the Newcastle Herald. Ms Wills has told the inquiry that Mr Williams gave her the document.
After Ms Wills leaked the document to the paper, Mr Williams sent Ms Wills a text message which read: “Call me Joe is panicking to (sic) document has been leaked.”
But in his evidence Mr Tripodi said he couldn’t recall hearing that the document had been leaked and that he didn’t recall the subsequent "kerfuffle" which had then Premier Kristina Keneally demanding to know from Treasurer Roozendaal what he knew about the leaked document.
“You leaked the treasury document, didn’t you?” Mr Watson put to Mr Tripodi.
“I have no recollection of receiving that Treasury document and no recollection of giving it to anyone,” replied the former MP.
“Right,” said Mr Watson. “Are you denying you leaked the Treasury document?”
“I have no recollection of receiving it or giving it to anybody,” repeated Mr Tripodi.
Mr Watson continued to press Mr Tripodi saying, “It will be my submissions that you declined to deny that you leaked the Treasury document.”
Mr Tripodi once again said he had no recollection.
Th former MP also admitted that his memory was “very bad, I agree," when gave evidence at a private hearing only two months ago. Among the things Mr Tripodi had forgotten was that he had been flown to a meeting with the Buildev executive in Mr Tinkler’s helicopter.
He also agreed that he had tried to interest the Buildev people in a development site in Sydney’s southwest growth area.
"I was just being obliging," Tripodi said of his efforts.
"Why?" Mr Watson fired back.
"Because I am an obliging type of person," he replied, to loud guffaws in the public gallery.
Outside the hearing room, Ms Keneally, the next witness, has described the evidence before the ICAC as "gob-smacking" and "infuriating".
Former Labor Premier Kristina Keneally, who has described the evidence before the ICAC as "gob-smacking" and "infuriating", is first in the witness box after lunch at 2pm.
Next up is Ian McNamara, the stood-aside chief of staff to Opposition Leader John Robertson.
McNamara, dubbed the Triprotege, faces tough questions about whether he was working with Joe Tripodi and former Labor treasurer Eric Roozendaal to assist Nathan Tinkler's property development company Buildev over its plans for a coal loader.
McNamara will be followed into the box by Roozendaal, who has been sitting at the back of the ICAC hearing room for days.
Ross Cadell exits the witness box. #ICAC adjourns for luncheon, as lawyers have it, and will resume at 2pm. — Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) September 1, 2014
Ross Cadell, who has been a regional co-ordinator for the NSW Nationals since May 2011, is in the witness box.
Next up is former Labor premier Kristina Keneally.
Cadell did some communications work with Ann Wills, a long-time Labor staffer who was working as a consultant to Nathan Tinkler's property development company Buildev (she has also been called Joe Tripodi's "eyes and ears in Newcastle").
Cadell referred to Tripodi in an April 2011 email as a "senior adviser" to Buildev.
Tripodi, who was a government backbencher at the time, has denied he was an adviser to the company. But Cadell says he did not object to the description at the time.
Joe Tripodi has exited the witness box. But in an sign he could be recalled for another stint in the ICAC hot seat, Geoffrey Watson, SC, asks that he should not be excused from giving further evidence.
It's a prospect that fills Tripodi's heart with glee, no doubt.
Hello hello. #ICAC counsel says Joe Tripodi can leave now - but he can't be excused from giving further evidence. He might be back.— Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) September 1, 2014
Counsel assisting the ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, is back for a spot of re-examination. He asks Joe Tripodi if he could have leaked confidential government legal advice to Ian McNamara, who has stood aside as Opposition Leader John Robertson's chief of staff during the inquiry.
The advice was then allegedly passed on to Buildev, whose majority shareholder is Nathan Tinkler.
"Everything's possible, I don't recall doing that," Tripodi says.
"Let's put out things at the extreme edge," Watson replies.
The former MP says "potentially" he did.
Former NSW Labor MP Joe Tripodi arrives at the Independent Commission Against Corruption to give evidence on September 1, 2014. Photo: Getty Images/Daniel Munoz
Former Labor premier Kristina Keneally is expected to give evidence later today although she is not under investigation by the commission.
She's told reporters outside the ICAC she is "gob-smacked" and "infuriated" by what has been admitted and alleged at the commission.
Part of her fury, Keneally says, is directed at Labor figures who were allegedly involved in the smear campaign against Newcastle Labor MP Jodi McKay before the last state election.
She says if corruption is proven she will have "plenty to say about that".
The former premier says it is clear on the basis of evidence before the ICAC that she and McKay were campaigning in Newcastle with two hands tied behind their backs - one tied by Labor, and one by the Liberals, whose candidate Tim Owen quit parliament after admitting to taking illegal donations from property developers.
Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally talks to the media as she arrives at the Independent Commission Against Corruption to give evidence. Photo: Getty Images/Daniel Munoz
Commissioner Megan Latham heaves a sigh as Joe Tripodi fails to answer one of her questions. He invites her to ask it again and she replies with a curt: "No thank you."
Tripodi: I'm going to answer the question Watson: I bet you don't. #ICAC— Sarah Gerathy (@sarahgerathy) September 1, 2014
One the greatest hits from this morning's evidence.
"There's documents leaked all the time from government," Tripodi says #ICAC— Michelle Harris (@mshell_harris) September 1, 2014
No corruption inquiry involving Labor figures is ever complete until we've heard evidence about a meeting at an eatery or cafe.
This time it's the Aurora Bar on the corner of Phillip and Bent streets in Sydney.
"I've been to the Aurora Bar many times," Joe Tripodi tells his own lawyer.
He is trying to recall a meeting with his close associate Ann Wills, a consultant to Buildev, his "Triprotege" Ian McNamara, who has stood aside as chief of staff to Opposition Leader John Robertson, and Buildev executive Darren Williams.
But he's not "100 per cent" sure when the meeting was or "who was coming and going".
Joe Tripodi is none too keen on the ICAC characterising his dealings with Buildev over a proposed coal loader in Newcastle as some kind of grubby favour.
He was "listening to their issues and responding to their questions", he says.
Tripodi's own barrister, Maurice Neil, QC, is now on his feet and putting questions to his client.
Neil has the sort of resonant voice that wouldn't be out of place as the voice-over for a detective mini-series.
Comic timing is a wonderful thing. Labor Party head office chooses today to circulate an invitation celebrating its recent history as Joe Tripodi covers himself in glory in the witness box.
To be fair, the conduct being examined in this inquiry does post-date the Carr era, so perhaps it is the right time to celebrate its brilliance.
Counsel assisting the ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, says documents show that Buildev's proposal for a coal loader in the residential suburb of Mayfield in Newcastle was "some kind of rancid joke".
Commissioner Megan Latham opts for the less colourful "unviable".
The silk for Eric Roozendaal is trying to offer an "alternative narrative" which might help explain why the then Labor treasurer seemed rather more keen on the idea.
The barrister for former state Labor treasurer Eric Roozendaal, Philip Strickland, SC, is on his feet and putting questions to Tripodi.
We've heard evidence at the ICAC this morning that contact between Tripodi and Roozendaal "ramped" up after the former went on his helicopter ride to Newcastle.
But Tripodi said the two men are "colleagues" and the contact between them "ebbed and flowed" for all sorts of innocent reasons.
Both men are being investigated over allegations they improperly took steps to benefit Nathan Tinkler's company Buildev over its plans for a coal loader in Newcastle.
Former Labor minister Eric Roozendaal. Photo: Kate Geraghty
One of the questions Tripodi has been asked repeatedly is why he was involved with a company doing business in Newcastle when he held the western Sydney seat of Fairfield.
The former ports minister has claimed he had a keen policy interest in ports and that such interests are "not confined to electoral boundaries".
The fake Eddie Obeid Twitter account - one of the chief amusements of ICAC reporters and witnesses alike - offers some sharp commentary on the point.
Counsel assisting the ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, has finished grilling Tripodi and the lawyers for the other witnesses are cross-examining him.
Jodi McKay's lawyer is giving him the once-over but Watson would like him to speed things along.
"It wouldn't be so torturous, Mr Watson, if Mr Tripodi would answer the question," a weary Commissioner Megan Latham rejoins.
Defensive: ICAC commissioner Megan Latham.
One of the theories that has been floated at the ICAC is that Tripodi's extraordinary kindness to Buildev was an attempt to secure a post-politics job with the company, whose largest shareholder is Nathan Tinkler.
What an offensive notion.
"After Parliament I just wanted to have a rest," says Tripodi. #icac— Katie Kimberley (@KatieKimberley) September 1, 2014
Tripodi is being asked why he was giving Buildev tips about valuable pieces of land it might consider purchasing.
This is while he was a backbencher in the Keneally government, leading to some spiky questions from Geoffrey Watson SC on Friday about whether Tripodi was working "full-time" as an MP.
Memorably, Wason also dubbed the former ALP powerbroker "Saint Joseph of Tripodi" when he could offer no explanation other than kindness for passing on these tips.
"I was just being obliging," Tripodi says today.
"Why?" Watson fires back.
"Because I am an obliging type of person," he replies, to hoots of laughter from the media room.
If one were to play bingo with the ICAC hearings, a good word to choose might be "helicopter".
The inquiry has heard Buildev executives squired Tripodi - then a humble backbencher - to Newcastle in the company chopper so that he could offer "advice" on its coal loader plans.
Executives also landed the Buildev helicopter in Liberal MP Bart Bassett's backyard when he was Hawkesbury mayor so they could enjoy some "privacy" while discussing development proposals.
Geoffrey Watson SC never wastes an opportunity to drop a reference to the helicopter for that touch of corporate largesse.
"Helicopter". First reference of the day. #ICAC— Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) September 1, 2014
"Call me, Joe is panicking the document has been leaked!" Buildev consultant and Tripodi right-hand woman Ann Wills texted a Buildev executive on February 16, 2011.
Tripodi can't shed much light on this text as he "can't recall this event".
The faithful band of ICAC buffs on Twitter are never short of a quip on the evidence as it unfolds. Here Tripodi's constant refrains of "I don't recall" see him cast as the pin-up for "Vague" magazine.
"I don't recall receiving it; I don't recall giving it to anybody," Tripodi says of a leaked Treasury document which also hurt Jodi McKay's re-election prospects.
"Are you denying it?" counsel assisting ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, asks.
Another round of "I don't recalls" follows.
Tripodi is being grilled about a "dirty tricks" campaign against former Newcastle MP Jodi McKay, who famously opposed Tinkler's plans for a coal loader.
The ICAC has heard the former minister was instrumental in an anonymous leaflet drop designed to cruel McKay's re-election prospects (it worked).
"This is not my pamphlet, I didn't sign off on it, I didn't commission it!" Tripodi exclaims.
Testy exchange: Former Labor minister Jodi McKay leaves ICAC. Photo: AAP
Joe Tripodi, who started giving evidence briefly on Friday, is back in the box this morning.
He and his former colleague Eric Roozendaal are being investigated over allegations they improperly took steps to benefit Buildev, a property development company part-owned by embattled coal mogul Nathan Tinkler.
"Tommyrot!" counsel assisting the ICAC, Geoffrey Watson, SC, has already exclaimed twice at Tripodi's evidence and the day is still young.
The former ALP powerbroker was a humble backbencher when he clambered aboard Buildev's helicopter in November 2010 and took a trip to Newcastle to meet the company's executives.
He's accused of bending over backwards to help the company secure a controversial coal terminal in the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield.
He says that he had a keen policy interest in ports and it was all above board.
Good morning and welcome to the Sydney Morning Herald's live blog from the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
It's Labor day today as a bevy of former ALP heavyweights take to the witness box, including corrupt former powerbroker Joe Tripodi, former Premier Kristina Keneally, Opposition Leader John Robertson's stood-aside chief of staff Ian McNamara (nicknamed the Triprotege) and former treasurer Eric Roozendaal.
It's like getting the cabinet back together.