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Maguire admits he knew cash-for-visa scheme involved lying to immigration officials.

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Upper house test for Berejiklian

Looks like the no-confidence motion against NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian in the upper house will go down later this afternoon, on the casting vote of the president.

Labor has been refused a pair for Shaoquett Moselmane, who is on leave while under investigation for his ties to China. The independent, Justin Field, two Animal Justice party Mps and Fred Nile look set to vote with the government.

Asked whether she could govern without the confidence of the Upper House, Berejiklian said: “Lets just see what happens.”

The vote is not till after 4pm, so the landscape could change. A vote of no confidence in the upper house would not affect the government’s ability to govern, but signals a bumpier than usual road with the minor parties in coming weeks.

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Maguire ‘fooled a lot of people’: Berejiklian

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian will face two no confidence motions in the NSW parliament today in the wake of revelations about her close personal relationship with disgraced MP for Wagga, Daryl Maguire.

Labor is confident they have the numbers in the upper house to pass a motion.

While an upper house motion will have no practical effect because the premier is a member of the lower house, it will be a blow to the government, both symbolically and in terms of its relations with the minor parties.

Berejiklian’s government depends on support of minor parties to pass legislation through the upper house.

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party have already declared that they will not be supporting government legislation until the matter is resolved or Berejiklian stands down.

It would take just three other upper house members to take a hard line for the business of government to be log-jammed.

Labor says that if the motion is successful, it will be the first time a senior minister from the lower house has been censured in the upper house since former Labor transport minister, Carl Scully, received such a vote.

Another censure will follow this afternoon in the lower house but will be defeated on the numbers.

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