This note confirms that Barry O'Farrell DID receieve a $3000 bottle of wine as a gift that he said, under oath in the ICAC he had no recollection of getting.
UPDATE: Here's a clearer view.
UPDATE 1100 AEST: The note was obtained by ICAC overnight from the records of the man who sent O'Farrell the bottle Nick Di Girolamo. He had given contradictory evidence and they asked him to back up his claim.
I understand that ICAC advised the O'Farrell's legal counsel of their possession of the note early this morning.
This would have prompted O'Farrell's decision to advise of his resignation for misleading the ICAC
It was made public as an exibit of evidence as the corruption commission opened proceeding this morning.
Barry O'Farrell has been recalled to the ICAC at 1200 in Sydney and offered a chance to correct his evidence.
Lying under oath is a criminal offence.
UPDATE 11.25 AEST:
Here's how it unfolded in ICAC this morning:
Counsel assisting the Commission Geoffrey Watson, SC opened saying, "There's been a pretty substantial development on a significant matter overnight."(this was after O'Farrell had resigned)
He then tendered three pages of evidence.
"One is an envelope addressed in we believe the handwriting of Mr O'Farrell... to Mr and Mrs Di Girolamo. The second page is a copy of the front of a card emanating from the NSW Parliament. The third is a note we believe in the handwriting of Mr O'Farrell and on the card issued from the office of the Premier of NSW thanking Mr and Mrs Di Girolamo for their gift, being a bottle of wonderful wine from 1959.
UPDATE 11.35 AEST :
ICAC says it receieved information regarding the existence of the thank you note from Nick Di Girolamo's lawyer at 9.15am this morning.