/ 21 October 2021

Former former Premier shocked by former Premier’s relationship


Or to put names to those vague titles, yesterday Mike Baird said he was “incredulous” when he heard his colleague/friend Gladys Berejiklian had a secret relationship with Wagga MP Daryl Maguire. Baird gave evidence to the NSW anti-corruption commission ICAC about Berejiklian’s conduct when she was his treasurer, and in focus was whether she pushed for multi-million dollar grants to be awarded to organisations in Maguire’s electorate. Former Baird staffer Nigel Blunden yesterday said she had put one untested proposal on the agenda after efforts to remove it. His assessment in a briefing note Premier Baird: “WTF”… Baird said he was disappointed that Berejiklian did not disclose her thing with Maguire. Still, he believes her to be someone of “the highest integrity”, and what was discussed “doesn’t change the way I feel,” he said. The hearings continue.

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