Gladys Berejiklian resigns

Situations vacant: Premier of New South Wales and, shortly, member for Willoughby.

Gladys Berejiklian announced her resignation today after a few months shy of five years as Premier of New South Wales, after the state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption announced it would investigate her in relation to the activities of former MP Daryl Maguire. This makes her the third Liberal Premier to have fallen foul of ICAC since it was established by Nick Greiner’s government in 1989, after Nick Greiner himself in 1992 and Barry O’Farrell in 2014.

There will now be a Liberal leadership contest to determine who replaces her as Premier, which the Sydney Morning Herald reports is likely to be between Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Planning Minister Rob Stokes. She will also shortly quit parliament, which will mean a by-election for her safe Liberal seat of Willoughby.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. Scott. Bullshit just partisan lies if there was a single grain of truth the media and ICAC would have been all over it. Just demented hatred of anyone liberal. Particularly successful LNP leaders.

    Nah Steelydan your the one who’s sprouting bullshit. If its a Labor politician such as Jackie Trad Newscorpse doesn’t just double down, but triple’s and quadruple’s down. But when its a Liberal politician such as Gladys Berejiklian its all handing wringing and trying to pin blame on the Independent Commission Against Corruption watchdog. “It’s not fair!!! Wah, wah, wah, wah!!!” Trad was also cleared and wasn’t charged but that didn’t stop Newscorp.

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