Soon after the ICAC confirmed they’re investigating Gladys, her office confirmed she’ll address the state at 1 pm. But we might already know why.
Soon after the ICAC confirmed that she was investigating Gladys Berejiklian as part of their inquiry into Daryl Maguire, her office confirmed that a press conference will be held at 1 pm. But while the assumption is that she’ll resign, a Liberal House MP may have let the cat out of the bag.
Still the funniest moment of today – David Shoebridge reminds a parliamentary committee of the dangers of a hot mic. Interrupted by Peter Poulos leaking Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation.. on a hot mic pic.twitter.com/PTdmHiogIR
— andrew rickert (@_rockrit) October 1, 2021
In September, she put a quick stop to any discussion regarding her outstanding issues with the ICAC, cutting her press conference short (which will also soon be discontinued) when a journalist dared ask her about it.
— Erin Churchill (@erintheboss) September 12, 2021
We, if it were to happen, should be mindful of the framing and attempts at official damage control. As the Member for Murray, Helen Dalton put it, “This ‘good woman duped by bad boy’ narrative is insulting to all female politicians…read the ICAC transcript. Gladys knew about Daryl’s China dealings (outside his electorate) in 2017. We’d expect a Premier – man or woman – to do something about it.”
According to the ICAC website, “Under section 11 of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988, a principal officer of a NSW public authority has a duty to report to the ICAC any matter where there is a reasonable suspicion that corrupt conduct has occurred or may occur.”
On September 7, Jodi McKay, the Labor Member for Strathfield, took to social media to ask the questions that we should be asking, and indeed, the questions Gladys should be answering. Tagging the premier in her tweet, McKay directly asked, “Why did you fail to fulfil your legal obligation and report Daryl Maguire to (the) ICAC?”
— Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop (@seanrubinsztein) September 7, 2021
In the words of McKay, Berejiklian “knew and did nothing”. As The Guardian outlined on October 12, “During a morning of stunning revelations, the inquiry heard intercepted phone calls in which Maguire told Berejiklian that he potentially stood to make hundreds of thousands of dollars if land owned by the racing heir Louise Waterhouse near the site of the new Western Sydney airport was rezoned. The payment would have been enough to pay off “about half” of his $1.5m personal debt, Maguire told Berejiklian in one phone call. Berejiklian responded: ‘I don’t need to know about that bit.’”
McKay also posed another question, of which Berejiklian answered, albeit indirectly. McKay asked, “A leader sets the standard for her Government, what standard are you setting for NSW?”
That afternoon’s Question Time, Berejiklian offered the following to excuse her toleration of corruption by saying: “I did no more than what the opposition did during corruption during their term in government…”