Premier ignores calls to resign

Gladys Berejiklian and Joe McGirr, pictured with Snowy Valleys mayor James Hayes and local RFS chief Jon Gregory, in Batlow during a tour of fire-affected areas earlier this year.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian is ignoring calls for her resignation following the shocking revelation she had a five-year secret relationship with disgraced Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

Questions have been raised as to what information the Premier may have been privy to that went unreported, in relation to Mr Maguire’s property deals and financial position.

Ms Berejiklian appeared as a witness on Monday during a corruption inquiry into Mr Maguire, where tapes were played of private conversations between the two.

In one tape, Mr Maguire can be heard telling the Premier that he was close to finalising various deals and would soon be receiving a large payment, to which she responded, “I don’t need to know that bit.”

Ms Berejiklian maintains that she has always acted in the best interests of New South Wales and intends to maintain her position as Premier.

She said that she “stuffed up” in her personal life and felt let down by Mr Maguire because she “trusted him for a long time.”

“I’m an extremely private person and without question I stuffed up in my personal life and I accept that,” she told the media following her Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) appearance on Monday.

While admitting to mistakes in her personal life, Ms Berejiklian rejected the suggestions that she should resign, saying that she hasn’t “done anything wrong.”

It is clear that Ms Berejiklian wishes to keep her personal life private, with the Premier even saying that she had not told her family about the relationship with Mr Maguire.

“It’s very difficult for someone in my position to have a private and a personal life and I’m very upset with what’s transpired,” she said.

Following the revelations from ICAC, state opposition leader Jodi McKay said that Ms Berejiklian had “no choice but to resign”, calling her a “fraud” that had been “unmasked.”

“Until a month ago Gladys Berejiklian was still in contact with Daryl Maguire. Daryl Maguire who is disgraced by ICAC and is a person of interest by ICAC,” Ms McKay said. 

“Now, that just shows a recklessness from the leader of this state. What it shows is poor judgement from the leader of this state.

“How on earth did she think it was okay to still be in contact with a disgraced MP and still be in a relationship with him?”

The Premier survived a motion of no confidence in the NSW upper house on Wednesday by a single vote, with votes tied 20-20 until Liberal Party member John Ajaka voted in her favour.

Later on the same day, she also easily survived the same motion in the lower house, winning 47-38.

State member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr – who replaced Mr Maguire at the 2018 by-election after a 29 per cent swing against the Liberals, also breaking their 50-year hold on the seat – did not support the motion.

“Over the past few weeks I have been following the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation into former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire,” Dr McGirr said in a statement.

“Like most people, I was stunned by the happenings in the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Monday, but this is a matter that ICAC is pursuing at the moment and we need to be respectful of that process.

“I did not support the vote of no confidence against Premier Gladys Berejiklian in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, October 14.”