The New South Wales Coalition refers to the coalition of the New South Wales LIberal and National Parties. The coalition is currently led by Mark Speakman following Dominic Perrotet’s resignation in 2023.
During the coalition’s time both in power and in opposition, the party and its members have been involved in a number of scandals.
One of the most significant scandals to hit the Coalition was the revelation that former MP Daryl Maguire had engaged in corrupt conduct during his time in office. Mr. Maguire was accused of using his political influence to benefit his business interests, including receiving commissions from property deals. In 2020 he resigned from parliament after admitting to corruption allegations.
Operation Spicer was an investigation by the NSW ICAC in 2014 which led to 10 NSW Coalition MPs moving to the crossbench or resigning from parliament. The commission was investigating allegations of illegal political donations being made to and from property developers across New South Wales and to members of the Liberal Party.
Barry O'Farrell was a former Liberal Party politician and Premier of New South Wales. He was accused of accepting a gift of a bottle of expensive wine from a businessman and lying about it to the Independent Commission Against Corruption. He resigned from parliament in 2014.
Ian Macdonald was a former Minister for Mineral Resources in New South Wales. He was accused of granting mining licences in exchange for bribes. In 2019, he was sentenced to ten years in jail for misconduct in public office.