Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claims she is innocent of any wrongdoing so why is she spending an estimated $500,000 legal fees at the NSW ICAC corruption inquiry? Ms Berejiklian has two Senior Counsel barristers representing her at ICAC, Bret Walker and Sophie Callan, with Mr Walker charging $25,000 a day. So who is paying the bill? The Liberal Party? A billionaire? A foreign country? Christian Porter’s blind trust?
Senior Counsel barristers almost always have a junior barrister assisting them which if correct puts the cost at close to $50,000 a day times the scheduled 10 days for the hearing and that adds up to $500,000 just for barristers for Gladys Berejiklian with lawyers costs to be added. But given Gladys Berejiklian is dating her previous barrister Arthur Moses, SC, I assume she would be getting mates rates from her legal team, so I have put the total costs estimate at $500,000. I outline the costs in the below video:
The legal team that Gladys Berejiklian has put together is the sort of legal team that you would expect a billionaire to assemble who is fighting serious criminal charges. Her lead barrister Bret Walker also represented George Pell at the High Court and recently represented former Attorney-General Christian Porter.
To me Gladys Berejiklian looks guilty just by the amount of money she would be spending on her legal team whether she is paying for them or not.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigned on 1st of October 2021 only hours after NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption announced they were investigating her for alleged corruption (Click here to read more)
Video of former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian ducking and weaving during a private hearing in September 2021 at ICAC, which was only a couple of weeks before she resigned, is below:
The former NSW Premier repeatedly replies she “didn’t know” whether her former boyfriend Daryl Maguire engaged in corrupt conduct, before finally answer “No” after this back-and-forth. Anyone who watches the above video has to come to the conclusion that Gladys Berejiklian is at the very least guilty of concealing her former boyfriends criminal conduct and that is what is at the heart of the ICAC investigation.
ICAC announced on Monday they will also call former NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro to give evidence at the inquiry. He will be represented by the high-profile Sydney silk John Agius, SC. I suggested in the below video that I recorded on the 5/10/21 that is one of the reasons John Barilaro resigned:
It’s the old saying when investigating corruption follow the money. Christian Porter has so far evaded saying who is paying his estimated $1million plus legal bills by claiming it is being paid by a blind trust which is a national scandal as anyone or any country could be paying it and they could be influencing how Christian Porter votes in parliament and/or how he does his job as a MP.
ICAC should force both Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro to declare who is paying their legal bills for their ICAC appearances. It would be one thing for the government to be paying for one barrister and a lawyer but if the government is paying for Gladys Berejiklian’s star-studded legal team then that is a scandal in itself and should be referred to ICAC for investigation.
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