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