THERE IT IS: Gladys Berejiklian Has Resigned As NSW Premier
The news comes after it was confirmed she was the subject of a corruption inquiry.
Gladys Berejiklian has officially resigned as New South Wales Premier amid an investigation from the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). She will also resign from NSW Parliament.
In an announcement on Friday afternoon, Berejiklian confirmed she is resigning from her role, effective as soon as the NSW government can elect a new leader.
“Standing aside is not an option for me as the Premier of New South Wales,” she said. “
Berejiklian has also stressed that resigning is not something she ever wanted to do.
There is no word yet on who will replace Berejiklian as New South Wales Premier, although Treasurer Dom Perrottet is a likely contender.
The news comes after the ICAC announced it would hold a further public inquiry into Operation Keppel on Monday 18 October 2021 to further investigate if Berejiklian’s relationship with Daryl Maguire was a conflict of interest.
The ICAC s also investigating if Maguire engaged in any conduct that breached public trust while in office between 2012 and 2018.
Gladys Berejiklian continues a long standing New South Wales tradition of Premiers not serving a full Parliamentary term. The last Premier to serve out a full term was Bob Carr in 2003.
The investigation, and Berejiklian’s resignation is not related to her handling of the current COVID-19 situation in New South Wales.