Gladys Berejiklian quits as NSW Premier
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has resigned from her position ahead of an Independent Commission Against Corruption public inquiry.
Ms Berejiklian last year declared she had a “close personal relationship” with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, against whom allegations of misuse of his public office are being investigated by ICAC.
The ICAC inquiry is now investigating whether Ms Berejiklian breached public trust by “exercising public functions in circumstances where she was in a position of conflict between her public duties and her private interest”, and allowed Mr Maguire to engage in corrupt conduct.
Addressing the media, Ms Berejiklian “stated categorically that I have always acted with integrity” and in the best interests of the state.
“Standing aside is not an option for me as the Premier of New South Wales.”
Ms Berejiklian will also leave the Liberal Party, and resign from parliament as soon as the Electoral Commission can be consulted.
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