Gladys Berejiklian’s final day at ICAC was possibly the best day of all, as per the below video, as her kindergarten standard lies were quickly unravelled by barrister Hugh White who was acting for Gladys’ former chief of staff Sarah Cruickshank. What was also on show was how callous Gladys Berejiklian is because she was prepared to throw the reputation and career of Sarah Cruickshank under a bus to save herself at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
A brief outline of the background for the below video is ICAC are investigating former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for failing to declare her relationship with her former boyfriend Daryl Maguire and also possibly her failing to declare his corrupt conduct and/or failing to alert authorities that he had possibly acted corruptly. She could also face criminal charges.
Gladys Berejiklian’s key defence is that she did not suspect him of acting corruptly and that she did not regard her relationship with Daryl Maguire being significant enough to tell people or declare even though they had discussed having children and marriage etc.
The key lie of her relationship with Daryl Maguire is torn apart by barrister Hugh White who was acting for Gladys’ former chief of staff Sarah Cruickshank in the below video which in some regards was friendly fire as they were meant to be friends and watching the video it even seemed to surprise Assistant Commissioner Ruth McColl.
Sarah Cruickshank says she was told of the relationship in July 2018 after Daryl Maguire admitted acting corruptly at ICAC and he subsequently resigned from the Liberal Party and then parliament on the 3rd of August 2018. Sarah Cruickshank told ICAC that Gladys Berejiklian told her in July 2018 that she had a relationship with Daryl Maguire, but it was historical and had finished before she became NSW Premier in January 2017.
Ms Cruickshank said that is why she never took any action in July 2018 or after regarding the relationship between Gladys and Daryl because she thought it was long over and was shocked in October 2020 when Gladys told ICAC at the public hearing that she has just recently ended the relationship with Daryl Maguire.
Gladys Berejiklian contradicted the evidence of Sarah Cruickshank and said she told Ms Cruickshank in July 2018 that she was in a relationship with Daryl Maguire and that it was an ongoing relationship which lasted until September 2020 which was just before Gladys Berejiklian first gave evidence at ICAC last year in October. If that was true, then Sarah Cruickshank not only lied to ICAC under oath but she also failed to take action on the conflict of interest regarding Gladys Berejiklian and Daryl Maguire.
Ms Cruickshank is still a senior public servant so that would be very damaging for her career and reputation if Gladys’ evidence was true, and it explains why Ms Cruickshank’s barrister Hugh White went very hard after Gladys Berejiklian during cross examination and destroyed her reputation and creditability in the below video.
Gladys Berejiklian says in the above video that Sarah Cruickshank was her friend, but she was still prepared to damage her reputation and career to protect herself at ICAC. To me that is as cold as it gets. But obviously Ms Cruickshank wasn’t going down without a fight and she unleashed her barrister to expose Gladys’ lies and it worked. As I say in the above video it is obvious from the reaction of Assistant Commissioner Ruth McColl, she wasn’t buying the lies of Gladys Berejiklian and the game is well and truly up for Gladys.
I published the below on Sunday (31/10/21) “Gladys Berejiklian – Prima facie case to charge her with the criminal offences of “misconduct in public office” which previously got Eddie Obeid jailed and concealing the crimes of Daryl Maguire” which I believe has enough evidence to charge Ms Berejiklian was crimes. It’s a detailed 30-minute video and well worth watching.
ICAC has now adjourned the matter and all the parties will be asked to tender written submissions then Assistant Commissioner Ruth McColl will publish her findings which I think probably won’t be finished until the end of December 2021 or early next year.
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