NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigns as NSW Premier
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced her resignation, after the ICAC, State Anti Coruption body, revealed it was investigating her. Ms Berejiklian says that she will resign as soon as the Liberal Party can elect a new leader and will also resign from the NSW Parliament, after the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) in NSW announced it was looking into her conduct.
Ms Berejiklian said it “pains her” to make the decision, which comes after “challenging weeks of the most challenging times in the state’s history”.
“I have made it clear on numerous occasions that if any of my ministers were the subject of allegations being investigated by an integrity agency or law enforcement, then he or she should stand aside during the course of the investigation until their name was cleared,” she said.
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced an investigation into whether there was a conflict of interest during her relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire. ICAC confirmed it will hold a further public inquiry in Operation Keppel from Monday 18 October 2021.
ICAC confirmed it is investigating whether, between 2012 and 2018, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP engaged in conduct that:
“constituted or involved a breach of public trust by exercising public functions in circumstances where she was in a position of conflict between her public duties and her private interest as a person who was in a personal relationship with the then NSW Member of parliament, Mr Daryl Maguire.”
The investigation will probe the following issues:
grant funding promised and/or awarded to the Australian Clay Target Association Inc in 2016/2017; and grant funding promised and/or awarded to the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga in 2018; and/or constituted or involved the partial exercise of any of her official functions, in connection with: grant funding promised and/or awarded to the Australian Clay Target Association Inc in 2016/2017
grant funding promised and/or awarded to the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga in 2018; and/or constituted or involved the dishonest or partial exercise of any of her official functions and/or a breach of public trust by refusing to exercise her duty pursuant to section 11 of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 to report any matter that she suspected on reasonable grounds concerned or may concern corrupt conduct in relation to the conduct of Mr Daryl Maguire; and/or was liable to allow or encourage the occurrence of corrupt conduct by Mr Maguire.