Gladys Berejiklian’s ICAC saga leading to her resignation as NSW Premier
Gladys Berejiklian has resigned as Premier of New South Wales after the state’s anti-corruption watchdog announced he would investigate his relationship with ex-MP Daryl Maguire.
“I have no choice but to resign from the post of prime minister,” she said on Friday.
She will also leave Parliament as soon as a by-election for her seat can take place.
Berejiklian did not respond to questions from reporters after saying she had always performed her duties with “the highest levels of integrity.”
She will remain prime minister until her successor is anointed. She rose to the top post in New South Wales in early 2017.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption said in a statement Friday that it was investigating whether Berejiklian was “performing public office” in a position of conflict between his public office and his private relationship with Maguire, revealed in late 2020.
Here’s how the case unfolded:
The path to Gladys resignation
MARCH 2015: Berejiklian and then MP Daryl Maguire begin a “close personal relationship” at election time in New South Wales. She was Minister of Transport and he, parliamentary secretary, was separated from his ex-wife.
APRIL 2, 2015: Berejiklian appointed treasurer of NSW after coalition re-election.
JANUARY 23, 2017: Berejiklian becomes Premier of NSW, replacing Mike Baird. Maguire is retained as parliamentary secretary in his government.
AOT 2017: Berejiklian tells Maguire that she would like him to leave parliament in the 2019 election so the couple can go public with their relationship. Berejiklian says Maguire wanted him too.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017: Berejiklian is overheard in a phone conversation claiming she “didn’t need to know about this” as Maguire discusses her financial interests at Badgerys Creek Airport and a land deal that would earn her a significant windfall. A day earlier, Maguire texted Berejiklian saying that “we have made the land deal”.
NOVEMBER 2017: Louise Waterhouse, a landowner from West Sydney, twice emailed Berejiklian after receiving her private email address from Maguire. She asked for help with zoning changes around Badgerys Creek Airport that would benefit a piece of her land. Berejiklian did not respond.
JULY 13, 2018: Maguire appears before the ICAC amid evidence he has demanded payments to help negotiate deals for real estate developers.
3 AUG 2018: Maguire resigns from the Berejiklian government at the request of the prime minister and other deputies. She said she was “satisfied” and “relieved”, but in private she remains in contact with Maguire.
MARCH 23, 2019: Coalition retains government in 2019 New South Wales election.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2020: Berejiklian cuts all contact with Maguire and agrees to support an ICAC investigation into his business interests.
OCTOBER 12, 2020: Berejiklian’s relationship with Maguire revealed at ICAC.
14/15 OCTOBER 2020: Maguire Tells ICAC He Can’t Remember Exactly What He Told His Girlfriend “Over and Over” Berejiklian About $ 330 Million Real Estate Deal That Was To Get Her A Pot – seven-digit wine.
OCTOBER 16, 2020: “Hand on heart, I haven’t done anything wrong,” Berejiklian says amid the ongoing investigation.
NOVEMBER 12, 2020: NSW upper house votes to send Berejiklian back to state corruption watchdog over his former partner’s dealings. The movement is rejected in the lower house.
DECEMBER 2020: The ICAC delays its final submissions in the Maguire case, confirming that it is taking more investigative steps.
MARCH 4, 2021: Berejiklian faces a barrage of questions over his secret five-year relationship with Maguire during a fiery hearing over budget estimates.
MARCH 17, 2021: The upper house votes again to send Berejiklian back to the state corruption watchdog over his former partner’s dealings. The movement is again rejected in the lower house.
OCTOBER 1, 2021: Citing the ICAC’s further investigation into a potential breach of public trust, Berejiklian resigns his post as Premier of NSW, insisting that “I have always acted with the highest level of integrity ”.