A Labor MP has revealed she ‘pities’ Gladys Berejiklian after her personal relationship with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire was exposed.
The controversial Prime Minister of New South Wales has faced calls to resign after her knowledge of her former lover’s shady business dealings were called into question during an ICAC investigation this week.
But former Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, Tanya Plibersek, defends Ms. Berejiklian, saying that personal life is difficult to maintain as a politician.
“As a person, I actually feel very personally sorry for the prime minister,” Ms. Plibersek told ABC’s Insiders program.
Federal deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek (pictured) has revealed that she has “ pity ” for the NSW prime minister after details of her intimate relationship with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire were exposed this week.
‘It is difficult to enter into and maintain relationships in our field.’
Ms. Plibersek declined to comment on whether the prime minister should resign, saying ‘there was never an excuse for corrupt behavior or turning a blind eye to corrupt behavior’.
“Any form of inappropriateness should be properly investigated by the ICAC and if referred to the police, the police or the court,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter who the person is, it doesn’t matter what their gender, it doesn’t matter whether we like or feel sorry for the person.”
Ms. Plibersek, who served as deputy leader for six years until he stepped down last year, also condemned the proposed federal integrity commission model.
“My concern is, why don’t we have a National Integrity Commission, a similar anti-corruption body at the federal level?” she said.
Mrs. Berejiklian had a close personal relationship with Daryl Maguire (pictured together)
It can only look at behavior that happened after the laws were passed and the body was established. It cannot just look at things. It can’t accept referrals from whistleblowers … I mean, what a joke. ‘
The ICAC is trying to determine what the Liberal leader knew about Maguire’s financial transactions, including a sale of land in Badgerys Creek, near the site of Sydney’s second airport under construction.
The investigation has heard that then Wagga Wagga MP Maguire hoped to make up to $ 1.5 million from the sale of land – which was owned by racing heiress Louise Waterhouse.
He was therefore able to settle his debts before retiring from parliament and starting a new life, possibly with the prime minister.
In sensational evidence, Mr Maguire this week admitted to “cashing in” his parliamentary position as an MP, Parliamentary Secretary and Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Friends Committee.
He confessed that he was running a cash-for-visa scheme from his office and was a secret director of a company, G8way International. G8way tried to ‘eventually’ sell access to the highest levels of government.
Ms. Berejiklian has been forced to defend her integrity after admitting on Monday that she had a five-year relationship with Mr. Maguire.
Ms. Berejiklian has been forced to defend her integrity after admitting on Monday that she had a five-year relationship with Mr Maguire
She was forced to unceremoniously fire Wagga Wagga’s representative in 2018 after learning that he was making untrustworthy deals. Ms Berejiklian has denied any suspicion that Mr Maguire’s actions are unreliable.
A transcript of private hearings on Thursday was released on Friday, showing that Mr. Maguire admitted to entering into a relationship with Ms. Berejiklian as early as 2013 and becoming ‘close’ in 2014. Both previously said it started around 2015.
Intimate telephone conversations in which he called her “babe” and she called him “numero uno,” Spanish for “number one,” were broadcast to the detectives.
The notoriously private politician has since kept the damage under control, telling reporters earlier this week that she was “ humiliated and ashamed ” that the intimate details of her love affair were now public.
Mr Maguire has backed up the Prime Minister’s claims, telling the inquiry that while he had shielded her from details about his business activities, he had used her as a “sounding board.”
“I thought it was going to cause her problems, so I limited the information I gave her, yeah … clearly there is a conflict of interest and all that kind of thing,” he said.