Chief Minister of New South Wales , Australia , Barry O’Farrell declared to resign from the position of number one in the state capital is Sydney , Australia , the . The reason, he was unable to explain to the Australian Anti-Corruption Commission ( ICAC ) about phone contact with the water company Australian Water Holdings ( AWH ) who allegedly gave a gift bottle of wine valued at $ 3000 ( USD 30 million ) .
The announcement of his resignation was announced by O’Farrell , Wednesday ( 04/16/2014 ) morning local time . The day before O’Farrell examined as a witness by the ICAC in advanced investigation of corruption cases that are wrapped around AWH .
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ICAC Investigators suspect the lobbying O’Farrell AWH related to business deals AWH and Sydney Water , the state -owned water company NSW . The agreement related to the construction of water infrastructure .
AWH has officially been accused of making unauthorized charges to Sydney Water and the funds turned out to be used for the benefit of political donations , salaries AWH officials , as well as other interests .
Officials AWH , Nick Di Girolamo , Tuesday ( 15/04/2014 ) , admitted in front of the ICAC investigator , that he had sent a bottle of wine valued at 3000 dollars to O’Farrell in 2011 . Reasons Di Girolamo , expensive wine as a form of greeting because O’Farrell wins the NSW election .
Wine is quite special . Brand is the Grange , and was produced on May 24, 1959 , to coincide with the birthday of O’Farrell . At that time , O’Farrell as a public official was not registering the receipt of the gift .
However , in front of the ICAC investigator , O’Farrell denied ever receiving the gift. ” I’m not a wine enthusiast , ” he said .
He also claimed to have forgotten about the recording of the phone call lasted 28 seconds on the phone to Di Girolamo in 2011 , around the time of delivery of the wine .
According to Di Girolamo , O’Farrell called him to express my thanks for sending the gift.
However , O ” Farrell admitted he had sent a written note of thanks that he signed to Di Girolamo .
Barry O’Farrell Resigns
Barry O’Farrell announced his resignation . ( Photo : Sophie Tarr )
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it had contacted by O’Farrell before he announced his resignation .