NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigns over ICAC investigation

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has resigned in a shock announcement.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has resigned after the state’s corruption watchdog ICAC announced it was investigating her over a potential conflict of interest caused by her previous relationship with then-MP Daryl Maguire.

In a statement, Berejiklian said she had “no option” to leave her role amid some of the “darkest days in the state’s history”.

“My resignation as Premier could not happen at a worse time, but the timing is completely outside of my control as the ICAC has chosen to take this action during the most challenging weeks of the most challenging times in the history of NSW,” she said.

“That is the ICAC’s prerogative. Resigning at this time is against every instinct in my being and something which I do not want to do, I love my job, and serving the community, but I have been given no option following the statement issued.

“To continue as Premier would disrupt the State Government during a time when our entire attention should be focused on the challenges confronting New South Wales. I do not want to be a distraction from what should be the focus of the state government during this pandemic, which is the well-being of our citizens.

“Notwithstanding the challenges of the last few years and few months in particular, I have never felt stronger, nor more confident in my leadership. I have absolutely no regrets during my time in public life. At times we all stumble, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start again stronger and wiser than before. I have done this many times, as we all have.

“My only regret will be not to be able to finish the job to ensure the people of New South Wales transition to living freely with COVID.

“However, I am extremely confident that whoever succeeds me will be more than capable of continuing this job. Please give them your trust and confidence. We will come through this period stronger, more resilient, and appreciating what really matters in life.

“I feel strong, energised and optimistic about the future of this great state.”