A University manager accepted 57 free lunches and dinners from a company who with his backing had won a campus cleaning contract worth $1.2 million a year, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption heard yesterday. Counsel assisting Kate Williams asked Colin McCallum, campus services manager at the University of New England, whether five years of hospitality led to an expectation he would favour the company Quad Services. Mr McCallum conceded this but said: "I still believed we were doing good deals for the university." ICAC began public hearings yesterday into alleged favouritism in cleaning, security and postal contracts at the university worth about $2.8m a year.
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