New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced her resignation after the ICAC’s anti-corruption watchdog said it was under investigation. Various Australian media have reported that the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating whether Berejiklian violated public trust when it made grants to various community organizations between 2012 and 2018.
The committee will hold hearings later this month to investigate whether there was a conflict between Berejiklian’s public duties and her private interests when she was in a personal relationship with then Representative Daryl Maguire.
Berejiklian said she was informed of the investigation the day before, and last night she made the “very difficult decision” to resign. She said she regretted having to leave at a time when New South Wales was still reeling from the pandemic, but the ICAC announcement left her no choice.
“My resignation as Prime Minister could not have come at a worse time, but the timing is completely out of my control as the ICAC has chosen to take this action now during the most challenging weeks in the most challenging period in the state’s history.” , seemed. “Resigning now goes against my instincts and is something I don’t want to do.”
Berejiklian has announced that she will also step down as a member of Parliament. She finally denied involvement in corrupt behavior during her time in Parliament. “I have always acted with the highest integrity,” the politician said.