The Gladys Berejiklian scandal has come as a bombshell for the Australians. The tape and conversations have revealed the relationship of NSW Premier with former MP Daryl Maguire for five years.
MP Daryl Maguire was ousted by Gladys Berejiklian on the corruption charges. However, the premier continued to have a relationship with him for two more years after that.
This has raised obvious questions. Love, corruption, and scandal have penetrated the impregnable integrity of the New South Wales Premier.
At the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), she said that she kept her personal and professional life separate. But the question is how much she knew about the business dealings of Maguire? There are text messages with ICAC as evidence that she knew about the business dealings, but not the corruption intentions of him.
Gladys Berejiklian has been one of the finest women to reach the top spot. She became the first woman premier for New South Wales and is known for her integrity and work ethics. There is no doubt about her immense popularity as well.
But this secret romance with a Dad of 2, could potentially endanger her political career.
As of now, there has been no charge against her. Gladys Berejiklian insisted that she fell in love with the wrong person, and that is the only mistake, she has done. However, her critics are not ready to buy this victim card.
The critics say that being the premier and a lover, she had to make a choice which she didn’t. The issue comes especially after Daryl Maguire was forced to resign as MP after corruption came out. Ms. Berejiklian even then continued her relation after sacking him.
The Gladys Berejiklian scandal could actually result in her resignation as well if the pressure mounts. As of now, her fellow party members seem to be supporting her. But in politics, nothing is stable, neither the support nor the opposition. If the tide of emotion turns against her in the public sentiment, it will be all over for her.