Gladys faces Labor-sized train wreck

SENIOR NSW cabinet ministers have been ordered by ICAC to hand-over potentially damning evidence as the Berejiklian government faces comparisons with the corruption-riddled Keneally Labor government. 

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and possibly Environment Minister Matt Kean have been served section 22 orders, according to The Australian newspaper. 

The Coalition government looks not much better than the corrupted Labor government led by Kristina Keneally that was annihilated…
Troy Bramston
Political historian & author

While not under direct investigation themselves, the ministers are believed to hold information that may assist ICAC’s investigation into Premier Gladys Berejiklin’s former boyfriend and government colleague Daryl Maguire.

ICAC’s section 22 notice compels them to hand-over internal government documents.

SLEAZE

As the Berejiklin government continues to be mired in allegations of corruption and sleaze, comparisons with the disgraced Keneally government have been made.

Political historian and author Troy Bramston said that while Ms Berejikian had performed well during COVID, she leads a government that has increasingly lurched from “scandal to scandal”.

“The Coalition government looks not much better than the corrupted Labor government led by Kristina Keneally that was annihilated by voters in 2011,” Mr Bramson wrote in The Australian last week.

“Gareth Ward is the latest minister to be stood aside after it was revealed he is being investigated by the Child Abuse & Sex Crimes Squad.

“In March, Nationals MP Michael Johnsen resigned from parliament after being accused of raping a sex worker. He was also alleged to have sent a video of himself masturbating to the same person.”

Sleaze aside, Ms Berijiklian has corruption allegations pouring in at a rate of knots.

“ICAC is investigating allegations of industrial-scale corruption by former minister John Sidoti, who stepped aside from cabinet in 2019,” Mr Bramson said.

Mr Sidoti is alleged to have purchased land at a number of sites that was set to rapidly increase in value due to upcoming government transport projects.

BOYFRIEND

The latest alleged corruption scandal, however, which relates to ICAC’s section 22 notices, involves Ms Berejiklian’s secret former boyfriend of five years and former Wagga Wagga MP, Darryl Maguire.

Mr Maguire is alleged to have conducted a personal lobbying business from his parliamentary office.

According to The Australian, it’s likely that Messrs Barilaro, Perrottet – and possibly Left faction heavy Mr Kean – were requested to produce documents relating to decisions or meetings they had attended, such as the expenditure review committee, where funding was granted to Mr Maguire’s electorate.

ICAC’s public inquiry, which commenced last year, has seen Mr Maguire admit to misconduct in public office.

This has included secretly lobbying on behalf of developers and running a cash-for-visa scheme in which Australian employers would earn a subsidy for pretending to employ Chinese nationals, allowing them to get a visa.

The NSW Keneally Labor government was thrown from office after a string of sexual perversions, corruption scandals and ministerial ineptitude.

It was believed at the time that Ms Keneally was a puppet Premier, put in place and controlled by factional heavies the likes of Joe Tripodi and Eddie Obeid.

A number of Labor ministers were jailed after her government fell, including Eddie Obeid, Ian Macdonald and Milton Orkopoulos.PC

MAIN PHOTOGRAPH:  Gladys Berejiklian (L) and Kristina Keneally. (courtesy 9News/Warwick Daily News)
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6 thoughts on “Gladys faces Labor-sized train wreck

  1. YES – THERE HAVE BEEN NASTY HICCUPS TROY

    When the nets are cast, they will usually ensnare one or two politicians who have succumbed to the temptation to use their political office for financial gain; we humans are a flawed lot!

    Maguire’s admitted culpability IS corrupt behaviour and Sidoti’s alleged plan for personal gain sits very badly; we don’t welcome these sorts of people representing citizens of our State.

    It also seems that there will always be one or two whose sexual behaviour MAY prove grubby, immature or downright unlawful! That’s the nature of the beast!

    However, with the Keneally?? Labor Government, – the proven level of corruption, the degree of sleaze and the criminal status of the men that definitely had UNPRECEDENTED INFLUENCE, made for a scenario a hundred times worse!

    SO ON BALANCE and after the ejection of a few bad eggs, we can be assured that: THE FINEST STATE OF AUSTRALIA – NSW – IS BEING RUN EXTREMELY WELL BY PREMIER BEREJIKLIAN & HER COHORT Of ASSIDUOUS MINISTERS AND M.P.s!

  2. ICAC seems to always investigate politicians that work for the people. Gladys is the best state premier that Australia currently has. Why doesnt Icac investigate tye Turnbull familly conflict of interest with the shares they hold in pharmaceutical

  3. When one considers the stories going around about the backroom heavies within this NSW Division, which is the foundation of the Berejiklian govt and her Ministry, one should not be surprised at what the ICAC might be uncovering.
    Where there’s smoke, there is usually fire!!
    Well done ICAC for cleaning up this mess if they can! NSW can only benefit from such a pressure cleaning.
    Cheers Melanie

  4. One was a puppet. The other is a puppet. They’re both weak and both incapable of managing their factional masters whose financial interests have destroyed them.

    1. Yes, factional masters and executive lobbyist puppet controllers.

      Who was it that vowed to wreck the Liberal Party and was welcomed with open arms?

      However, both sides have big problems with external influences and leaning too far left.

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