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For Liberal Party luminaries it’s obviously been a heart-wrenching experience watching Gladys Berejiklian bite the dust and they are stupidly blaming the ICAC, for doing exactly the job it was established to do. 

The ICAC did not force her to quit, the only power the ICAC has is to investigate and force people to attend hearings and answer questions under oath. One can reasonably assume that Gladys knew that she was now in serious trouble and was desperate to limit damage to her government.

Documentary evidence obtained under FOI requests indicate that Gladys may have previously misled the ICAC about what she knew about former boyfriend Daryl Maguire’s corrupt business dealings; especially brokering property deals and lobbing the NSW government for grants in his Wagga electorate. 

Secondly, and possibly the worst example of political expediency, was the way Berejiklian tried to brush off the massive rorting of the Stronger Communities Fund where 95 per cent of government grants were funnelled into Coalition seats, prior to the 2019 election, as ‘mere pork-barrelling’ – which wasn’t, in her opinion, ‘illegal’. That view may not be correct, as it has never been tested in court. Those decisions meant that many needy councils received nothing. Just imagine what a mess these corrupt Federal Coalition MP’s would be in if a federal corruption watchdog had the same power!

Keith Duncan, Pimlico

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    • Keith and I have been buddies for nearly a year now. He knows I have no political allegiance to any party especially the LNP . He knows his attacks on the LNP cant upset me. I think he enjoys it when I point out some of the silly things he says that manifest from his political bias. Kudos Keith for not joining the trolls and witch burners branding Gladys corrupt with no evidence tested under oath and no findings yet from ICAC. Keith, please talk about pork barreling and corruption in the Labor party in your next letter.

  1. Your unconscious bias Keith has consumed
    you again .. one eyed warrior !! you should
    familiarize yourself with the meaning of
    Balance !! so i will enlighten you on the meaning of the word Keith as long as your next letter contains the same .. Deal Keith ?
    Gladys should have resigned 6 months ago
    all things considered.. however she will have her day in the witness box after the enquiry
    Has been completed by ICAC. no taxpaying
    Politicians should be involved with untoward dealing with anyone, absolutely unacceptable.. incidentally Keith who do
    ICAC answer to when they may have got
    Things wrong ? Anyway back to Balance
    Keith IBAC heard about them ? How many charges are the current LABOR government
    In Victoria have to answer for ? Thats just on Hotel
    Quarantine keith ? i do recall you suggesting that Mr Andrews had nothing to answer for at all regarding the hotel quarantine debacle? Andrews is in a whole world of hurt
    This excuse for a politician presides over the longest lockdown in the world, thousands
    Losing their jobs, homes , businesses , loved ones .. not to mention how people were treated by law enforcement.. this has made
    World news keith not for the right reasons
    Either .. and yet Andrews lost not one cent
    This past 2 years .. will Andrews resign ?
    No Chance i say .. Shame on him and gladys
    and yes keith the Ruby Princess was a debacle as well .. shame on her !!

    • ‘The Ruby Princess was a debacle”, 29 deaths, was just the entree of Not my Glad’s Covid devestation. The Bondi cluster, where the current NSW Covid Delta outbreak arose from June this year, has led to 475 deaths and rising as each day passes. “Shame on her”, doesn’t even get close.

  2. You pair of Conservative blowhards can’t be serious, if you both have something to say, grow some balls and write your own letters and put yourselves under scrutiny, and use a real name for a change.

  3. Keith. Why do you always revert to baseless name calling and ad hominem when someone challenges your biased narrative. In this case the mere suggestion corruption and pork barreling infests both Labor and the LNP.

  4. Very true indeed David ..
    Mr Duncan must have not driven
    on two many divided roads
    would seem as though one way streets are
    a preferable means of transportation
    to the office of impartiality… NOT !!


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