A Sydney corruption inquiry has been told that disgraced former NSW MP Daryl Maguire is now dating Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk.

The inquiry heard that border closures are currently preventing the pair from seeing each other, but they are in regular contact via SMS.

“I’ve seen several text messages,” political journalist Jene Howes told the inquiry. “Daryl is in NSW but the relationship remains strong.”

The inquiry was also told Palaszczuk and Maguire have discussed re-opening the Queensland/NSW border to allow them to see each other as soon as possible.

And there’s speculation that it was Daryl Maguire’s interest in Palaszczuk that sparked tensions between him and his then girlfriend, Gladys Berejiklian.

“He started seeing Ms Palaszuck around the same time his relationship with Gladys ended,” says Jene Howes. “Gladys’ fractured relationship with Palaszczuk is perhaps no surprise.”

Daryl Maguire is expected to front the inquiry tomorrow.