Gladys Berejiklian’s barrister Sophie Callan, SC, flagged at the NSW ICAC on Monday (25/10/21) that they will be going the nuclear option and start naming all NSW politicians who have had undeclared “intimate personal relationships”, in a blatant attempt to use the “they did it too” defence, so Gladys Berejiklian’s secret relationship with corrupt former MP Daryl Maguire doesn’t look so bad.
Former NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro was on the witness stand at ICAC on Monday and Sophie Callan, SC, didn’t hold back and repeatedly asked Mr Barilaro whether he had declared all “intimate personal relationships” while he was an MP. Mr Barilaro didn’t do himself any favours by ducking and weaving and failing to give a straight answer to the question even though he was asked multiple times as per the below video.
I previously raised John Barilaro’s alleged numerous affairs when he resigned in the article I published on the 5th of October 2021 titled “The real reasons NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro resigned: Fraud, theft, abuse of power and numerous alleged affairs”. (Click here to read the article)
John Barilaro’s week will likely go from bad to worse as per the below video where I pointed out that John Barilaro will be in the witness stand at ICAC on Monday, at mediation for his defamation case against Friendlyjordies in the Federal Court on Tuesday & Barilaro’s former staffer, Siobhan Hamblin, will be in the Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for non-compliance with a subpoena and she is also facing a possible contempt charge.
So, rumours about John Barilaro and female staffers and others are no secret and as I say in the above video there are 2 main benefits for Gladys Berejiklian if she names John Barilaro and possibly other MP’s having undeclared intimate personal relationships. Firstly, Gladys doesn’t look as bad for concealing her relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire if others have done similar.
And secondly, all the witnesses have so far said that Gladys Berejiklian should have declared her relationship with Daryl Maguire and that they would have acted differently in awarding the $5.5 million grant if they had known. But if it can be proven they knew about other conflicts of interests involving others such as John Barilaro having relationships with staffers, and they took no action then their credibility as a witness against Gladys Berejiklian is greatly damaged.
As it stands Gladys Berejiklian has no friends in the Liberal Party and National Party as politicians and staffers from both parties have lined up at ICAC, last week and this week, to throw her under a bus so she has nothing to lose by going the nuclear option and naming other MP’s who have had affairs and failed to declare the affairs when there has been a conflict of interest.
I said in the previous article on this matter:
Gladys Berejiklian’s scandalous defence, which her barrister has been pushing at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) during the week, that she did not act corruptly in awarding a $5.5 million grant for the electorate of her former secret boyfriend Daryl Maguire, Wagga Wagga, because she was only pork-barrelling has come unstuck by a smoking gun memo.
ICAC are investigating $35.5 million in grants, including $5.5 million issued to the Australian Clay Target Association, that Gladys Berejiklian approved for the seat of her secret boyfriend Daryl Maguire (Wagga Wagga) when she was treasurer before becoming premier in January 2017. (Click here to read the article)
Naming other politicians, or at least John Barilaro, who have had affairs looks like it will be part of the overall defence strategy and with Gladys Berejiklian due on the witness stand on Friday (29/10/21) and Monday (1/11/21) we don’t have long before we find out for sure.
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