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A dodgy deal for a Union mate over dinner at a fancy Sydney restaurant has landed Former Labor Minister Ian Macdonald in jail.
The corrupt former NSW minister has been sentenced to at least seven years in jail for misconduct in public office.
The 68 year old was found guilty in March of wilful misconduct in public office for signing over a valuable NSW Hunter Valley mining licence to his union mate, John Maitland, when he was NSW mineral resources minister.
The deal was done at Sydney's upmarket restaurant Catalina at Rose Bay in 2008, over an $1,800 dinner that included suckling pig and a $300 magnum of pinot noir.
McDonald has been sentenced to a maximum of 10 years behind bars.
In handing down her sentence, Justice Christine Adamson said Macdonald was “reckless” and his actions had “betrayed” the people of NSW.
After the sentence was handed down, Macdonald issued a statement, strenuously denying being engaged in any misconduct and indicating his intention to appeal his conviction.