His exit pressured a disastrous byelection within the as soon as secure Liberal seat of Wagga Wagga, which the federal government misplaced to an unbiased. However nonetheless Berejiklian stood by him.
The corruption watchdog heard on Monday Berejiklian was in a relationship with Maguire for 5 years, from simply after the 2015 election till only some months in the past. Once more, nobody’s enterprise apart from the truth that her former associate faces doable felony prices.
Berejiklian’s look earlier than ICAC on Monday made for uncomfortable viewing as cellphone intercepts had been performed the place Maguire spoke at size to her about his private funds, in addition to his growth hopes for land across the Badgerys Creek airport.
She described his plans repeatedly to the listening to as “fanciful” and “pie within the sky” goals, however nonetheless Berejiklian was a relentless sounding board for Maguire.
The fee performed a non-public name the place Berejiklian instructed Maguire: “You’ll at all times be my numero uno.” Requested what she meant by that, she mentioned she most likely meant, “in my private life I positioned significance on how I felt about him.”
Berejiklian is undoubtedly probably the most competent Premier within the nation. Her efficiency all through COVID-19 has been extensively lauded and he or she will be credited for NSW’s response to a as soon as in a era pandemic.
There isn’t a suggestion Berejiklian is corrupt. However the identical was mentioned for Barry O’Farrell, the final premier to look earlier than ICAC. It solely took a bottle of crimson wine to finish his management.
These near Berejiklian insist she is not going to let this finish her reign. However she might not be the one who decides her destiny. Her colleagues will do this for her.
Berejiklian’s squeaky clear repute won’t ever be the identical. She is totally entitled to a private life that continues to be non-public. However her judgment is beneath critical query.
Alexandra Smith is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.