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!