Christmas came early for political voyeurs yesterday when the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption opened an inquiry into whether a former Labor minister had accepted s-xual services in return for introducing millionaire property developer Ron Medich to the heads of state-owned energy companies.

As counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson SC, delivered the opening address, a packed gallery heard details about a dinner in July 2009 attended by Ian McDonald, the former minister for energy, two executives from Country Energy, and Medich. During the dinner, the developer and an associate mounted a sales pitch to the two bureaucrats on behalf of Medich’s electrical supply group, Rivercorp.