TEARFUL BEREJIKLIAN QUITS
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.