Drummoyne MP John Sidoti suspended from NSW parliament after corruption discovery

Former sports minister John Sidoti has been kicked out of the New South Wales parliament after state corruption watchdog found the MP engaged in serious corrupt conduct.

Sidoti’s former colleagues passed a motion in the Legislative Assembly to suspend him from parliament after he refused to resign.

Sidoti denies any wrongdoing.

The ICAC concluded that John Sidoti had engaged in serious acts of corruption. (Nick Moir)

Sidoti plans to appeal the decision of the corruption watchdog to the Supreme Court.

“I’m going to fight this. I’m going to fight this all the way. I’m not going anywhere,” Sidoti said in an interview with 9News reporter Chris O’Keefe.

The ICAC seeks the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether to initiate criminal proceedings.

In his last words before the suspension decision, Sidoti took aim at the ICAC.

“This Frankenstein monster is out of control and no one is safe,” Sidoti said.

“Reform the beat before it bites you too.

“You don’t have to look far to read the long line of people who have entered the ICAC process and come out battered and tainted by the c-word.

“Many of these people were later cleared by real courts where the presumption of innocence, the standards of proof and the rules of evidence actually apply.”

Drummoyne MP John Sidoti suspended from Parliament
Sidoti addresses the Legislative Assembly before the motion for his suspension is passed. (9News)

Sidoti is the second former government minister to be kicked out of parliament, following Gareth Ward’s suspension last month.

Sidoti stepped down as a minister in Gladys Berejiklian’s government following the corruption probe in March 2021.

Until now, he was sitting on the cross bench.

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