Australia: New South Wales Premier resigns, accused of taking bribes to push vaccines

Summary: “Australia: Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of New South Wales, resigned on Friday as she now is under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption into her secret romantic relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, and whether she played a role in grants that were made to special interest groups. Only days earlier, Berejiklian warned Sydney residents that, if they don’t take the Covid jab, they face total social isolation indefinitely after the stay-at-home order ends in December. Two weeks ago, Clive Palmer, a wealthy businessman in the mining and resort industries who created a new political party, the United Australia Party, said that Pfizer and AstraZeneca are behind Gladys Berejiklian’s frantic push for vaccines in NSW and have paid her tens-of-millions-of-dollars.” – Need to Know News.

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Gladys Berejiklian has resigned in extraordinary circumstances.

For most Australians, the news will come as a shock, given the focus has been almost exclusively on the state’s devastating Covid-19 outbreak and her handling of that.

So, how did we get to this point? What caused Berejiklian’s downfall?

And what comes next for the New South Wales government, which has, yet again, found itself ensnared by the powerful anti-corruption commission?

What happened today?

About midday, an email from the Independent Commission Against Corruption landed in the inbox of media organisations.

It revealed that Icac was investigating the conduct of Berejiklian between 2012 and 2018, specifically her involvement in grants handed to the Australian Clay Target Association in 2016-17 and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga in 2018.

The investigation is focused on any relationship between the grants and the secret relationship that existed at the time between Berejiklian and disgraced former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, who had been advocating for the money.

Not long after Icac’s announcement, an email from Berejiklian’s office announced she would be making a “significant announcement” at 1pm.

She fronted the media, denied any wrongdoing and announced her resignation.She did not take questions from journalists.

Read full article at The Guardian…

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