Josh Frydenberg says Gladys Berejiklian would be ‘very welcome’ in Canberra

Josh Frydenberg has dropped a huge hint that Gladys Berejiklian could run for federal politics in next year’s election.

The Liberals would encourage the former NSW Prime Minister to run for Warringah, which sits next to her Willoughby state electorate on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

The seat is currently taken by a 7.2 percent margin by independent Zali Steggall, who took it over from Tony Abbot in 2019 with a climate campaign.

Former Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian and her new boyfriend Arthur Moses SC walking through Potts Point two weeks ago

Josh Frydenberg (pictured with wife Gemma in 2018) has given a huge hint that Gladys Berejiklian could run for federal politics in next year's election

Josh Frydenberg (pictured with wife Gemma in 2018) has given a huge hint that Gladys Berejiklian could run for federal politics in next year’s election

Speaking to Sky News on Friday morning, the treasurer said the highly popular Ms Berejiklian would be “a warm welcome” to Canberra.

“I don’t think Gladys Berejiklian has made a decision about her future, of course she would be very welcome in federal politics,” he said.

“I think she’s a great leader, an incredible politician, and she’s a good person to boot and I have a very positive and constructive relationship with her, but that’s going to be a decision she’ll have to make on her own time.” to take.

“But I hope her career in public life isn’t over yet.”

Ms Berejiklian, who could also turn to the private sector, has so far declined to comment on her future options.

Mr Frydenberg’s glowing reference comes after Scott Morrison reprimanded the NSW corruption watchdog for his ‘shameful’ treatment of Ms Berejiklian and accused him of investigating her love life rather than criminal behaviour.

Morrison threw his support behind the ex-Prime Minister, saying she was “dismissed” and “humiliated” by “shameful attacks”.

Ms Berejiklian resigned in October after investigators said they were investigating whether she encouraged or allowed corrupt behavior from her secretive ex-boyfriend and former MP Daryl Maguire between 2012 and 2018.

Speaking in Parliament about his plans for a federal integrity commission, Mr Morrison said he would avoid repeating the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption because of what happened to Ms Berejiklian.

The NSW corruption watchdog ICAC investigated whether Ms Berejiklian encouraged or permitted corrupt behavior by her ex-boyfriend, former MP Daryl Maguire (pictured together)

The NSW corruption watchdog ICAC investigated whether Ms Berejiklian encouraged or permitted corrupt behavior by her ex-boyfriend, former MP Daryl Maguire (pictured together)

“The opponents want to support the kind of show in NSW where the most shameful, shameful attacks on former New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian have taken place,” he said.

“What was done to Gladys Berejiklian, the people of NSW know, was an absolute disgrace. And I’m not going to allow a trial like that, that wants to publicly humiliate people on matters that have nothing to do with the cases before such a committee… and diminish the integrity of people like Gladys Berejiklian.”

Morrison said the former prime minister was “done by a bad process and abuse”.

“I’m not going to get a kangaroo court in this House,” he said.

The ICAC probe investigated whether Ms Berejiklian has violated public trust by failing to report suspected corrupt behavior and examined her role in two government grants awarded in Mr Maguire’s electorate.

It heard taped telephone conversations between Ms. Berejiklian and Mr. Maguire in which they referred to each other affectionately by nicknames such as “hawkiss,” meaning “my beloved” in Armenian.

“These things, these cases should look at criminal behavior, not who your friend is,” Mr Morrison said.

‘That’s the way it should be, these things should look at criminal behavior. Criminal behavior is what this should look like if not haunt someone’s love life,” he said.

The inquiry heard Ms Berejiklian said she would “throw money” at Mr Maguire’s electorate and said she secured him $170 million for a new hospital in “five minutes”.

Ms Berejiklian has denied any allegation. The outcome of the investigation is expected early next year.

Her popularity dropped by at least 10 percentage points during the survey, but has now recovered to its previous high level, according to Solving Political Monitor.

Morrison made the comments after he came under pressure in parliament to introduce a federal corruption watchdog.

Liberal MP Bridget Archer, who represents the fringe Tasmanian seat of Bass, went on to support Independent MP Helen Haines who debate on its Integrity Committee bill.

Ms Archer said it was a “difficult decision” to vote against Scott Morrison, but said it had taken him too long to introduce a corruption watchdog he promised in 2018.

Scott Morrison criticized the ICAC for its investigation of Ms. Berejiklian.  Pictured: Mr Morrison in Parliament on Thursday

Scott Morrison criticized the ICAC for its investigation of Ms. Berejiklian. Pictured: Mr Morrison in Parliament on Thursday

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