For all the skullduggery being revealed at the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption, Liberal Party donor Australian Water Holdings did not succeed in getting up its coveted $1 billion public-private partnership to deliver water infrastructure in Sydney's north-west. And former billionaire Nathan Tinkler did not succeed in getting up his own $2 billion coal loader at Mayfield in Newcastle.

The company that really did get traction was South Korean miner Kores, which engaged Liberal donor Nick di Girolamo's lobbying firm Westin Strategic Consulting and somehow managed to convince ex-premier Barry O'Farrell and his then-energy minister Chris Hartcher to execute a spectacular backflip and entertain approving the hugely controversial Wallarah 2 coal project on the Central Coast.