The Chronicle

TEARFUL BEREJIKLIA­N QUITS

- ANTON NILSSON

GLADYS Berejiklia­n has resigned as NSW Premier after a corruption watchdog said it is investigat­ing her.

The shock announceme­nt came after the Independen­t Commission Against Corruption said on Friday it is investigat­ing Ms Berejiklia­n.

Ms Berejiklia­n said with emotion in her voice that it went against “every bone” in her body to resign.

“But I have no choice because of the respect I have for the work of the integrity agencies,” she said.

“My only regret will be to not be able to finish the job to ensure the people of NSW can transition to living with Covid.”

The watchdog will investigat­e if she breached public trust in relation to her personal relationsh­ip with former MP Daryl Maguire.

The corruption watchdog said on Friday it would investigat­e whether Ms Berejiklia­n‘s relationsh­ip with Mr Maguire created a conflict of interest that led to her breaching the public’s trust by giving grants to a gun club and a music conservato­rium in Wagga Wagga.

It would also investigat­e whether the Premier breached the public trust by allegedly failing to report conduct by Mr Maguire that may have been corrupt.

The ICAC also said it would investigat­e whether she was “liable to allow or encourage the occurrence of corrupt conduct by Mr Maguire”.

The investigat­ion will be a continuati­on of an ongoing probe into Mr Maguire‘s conduct as an MP.

It was during public hearings into that matter that it was revealed that Ms Berejiklia­n had been in a secret five-year relationsh­ip with Mr Maguire.

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