Two Sydney councillors have been referred to the state’s corruption watchdog over a Chinese trip they took with a developer, whose projects they helped push through without declaring any conflict of interest.
Former Hurstville mayor Vince Badalati told the Herald that he and Liberal councillor Con Hindi had paid for their own flights and accommodation when they visited Tangshan to visit a Chinese energy and waste processing company in April 2016.
However, Cr Badalati was seen onstage applauding as investor Yuqing Liu and property developer Wensheng Liu signed an agreement for $130 million to be injected into two proposed Hurstville apartment blocks at a ceremony attended by Chinese media. He also made a speech.
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