Let’s only discuss what Gladys failed to do

Credit: The New Daily

Tuesday morning was highlighted by the sudden appearance of Bill Shorten, and in turn, Malcolm Turnbull, to defend Gladys Berejiklian. In conversation with Today, Shorten said that Berejiklian is “…a smart lady who I think has been punching below her weight with perhaps a much more average guy. I have sympathy for Gladys at the human level.”

In response, host Karl Stefanovic said: “Bill, you have summed it up perfectly. Everyone in Australia wanted to say it.”

Over on Radio National, Malcolm Turnbull said that “Leaders like her are not easily found…is she the first woman to be let down by a guy? I don’t think so”.

In a general sense, sure. We’ve all entered into terrible relationships, and you can pity Gladys, as she has to go through this under the gaze of the public eye. Sure, but the simple truth is that is a misdirection, and indeed, not the topic we should be discussing.

According to the ICAC website, “Under section 11 of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988, a principal officer of a NSW public authority has a duty to report to the ICAC any matter where there is a reasonable suspicion that corrupt conduct has occurred or may occur.”

As Helen Dalton, the member of Murray, put it, “This ‘good woman duped by bad boy’ narrative is insulting to all female politicians…read the ICAC transcript. Gladys knew about Daryl’s China dealings (outside his electorate) in 2017. We’d expect a Premier — man or woman — to do something about it.”

According to the ICAC website, “Under section 11 of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988, a principal officer of a NSW public authority has a duty to report to the ICAC any matter where there is a reasonable suspicion that corrupt conduct has occurred or may occur.”

Jodi McKay, the Labor Member for Strathfield has taken to social media to ask the questions that we should be asking, and indeed, the questions Gladys should be answering. Tagging the premier in her tweet, McKay directly asked, “Why did you fail to fulfil your legal obligation and report Daryl Maguire to (the) ICAC?”

In the words of McKay, Berejiklian “knew and did nothing”. As The Guardian outlined on October 12, “During a morning of stunning revelations, the inquiry heard intercepted phone calls in which Maguire told Berejiklian that he potentially stood to make hundreds of thousands of dollars if land owned by the racing heir Louise Waterhouse near the site of the new Western Sydney airport was rezoned. The payment would have been enough to pay off “about half” of his $1.5m personal debt, Maguire told Berejiklian in one phone call. Berejiklian responded: ‘I don’t need to know about that bit.’”

McKay also posed another question, of which Berejiklian answered, albeit indirectly. McKay asked, “A leader sets the standard for her Government, what standard are you setting for NSW?”

In this afternoon’s Question Time, Berejiklian offered the following to excuse her toleration of corruption by saying: “I did no more than what the opposition did during corruption during their term in government…”

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