October 2021

Gladys Berejiklian.

Because of a press release by ICAC, Gladys has just advised that as soon as a successor is found she will resign as the highly popular and successful premier of NSW.

ICAC is a collection of lawyers who were appointed to stop corruption.  They have advised that they are investigating why Gladys provided Mr McGuire, the member for Wagga for the past 20 years with grants to chosen local clubs which apparently allowed him to profit.

Gladys has not been accused of corruptly gaining financial benefit.  Apparently the issue is that she provided Mr McGuire with grants in return for sex.  One wonders whether there were other members she obtained sex from?

Regardless. She has not been found guilty, but has said that she will resign at cabinet's pleasure. (i.e. when a replacement Premier is selected.)

I do not think that most reasonable NSW voters would feel that she has committed a heinously corrupt action.  Making grants to various clubs to assist/reward re-election is a fairly standard practice in Australia.  Doing it to help a sex partner seems entirely reasonable.  It probably happens throughout the business world, and Bill Clinton did not get removed from office for similar peccadillos.

I urge our NSW parliament not to appoint a replacement before ICAC releases a finding that results at the very least with a corruption charge.

I also suggest that (like USA "Grand Juries") perhaps ICAC should not be permitted to reveal what it is investigating. Investigations should be concealed unless they result in a criminal prosecution.

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