Gladys Berejiklian ICAC investigation to begin

The NSW corruption watchdog announced it will investigate whether Gladys Berejiklian breached the public trust or encouraged the occurrence of corrupt conduct during her secret relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption on Friday issued a statement confirming it would hold a public inquiry from Monday, October 18.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday.Credit:Kate Geraghty

Ms Berejiklian made a public statement on Friday afternoon announcing her resignation as premier.

“Resigning at this time is against every instinct of my well-being … I love my job and serving the community, but I have been given no option following the statement,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian was embroiled in the ICAC scandal in October 2020, when she revealed to the ICAC that she was in a “close personal relationship” with Mr Maguire for years, including after he was forced to quit Parliament.

The inquiry heard taped phone calls between Ms Berejiklian and Mr Maguire during their five-year secret relationship.

It heard Ms Berejiklian’s relationship with the former Wagga Wagga MP began in 2014 or 2015 and continued even after she asked for Mr Maguire’s resignation in 2018.

The ICAC confirmed earlier this year it would extend operation Keppel, which was set up to investigate Mr Maguire, who allegedly used his position in Parliament to further his business dealings.

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