Why Rebecca Judd is a staunch supporter of Gladys Berejiklian: Melbourne WAG says NSW has ‘the best premier in the land’ as her political career hangs in the balance
AFL WAG Rebecca Judd has fiercely defended NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian amid revelations she secretly dated a disgraced former MP who is facing a corruption investigation.
Melbourne-based Rebecca, who has long been a critic of Victorian Premier ‘Dictator Dan’ Andrews, voiced her support for Ms Berejiklian on Tuesday by commenting underneath an Instagram post by Mamamia founder Mia Freedman.
In Mia’s post, the publisher defended ‘phenomenal’ Ms Berejiklian, urging fans to remember how hard she’s worked during the COVID-19 pandemic and the bushfires.
‘You guys have got the best Premier in the land’: Melbourne WAG Rebecca Judd, 37, (left) has fiercely defended NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, 50, (right) amid revelations she secretly dated a disgraced former MP who is facing a corruption investigation
Rebecca, 37, agreed with Mia’s sentiments, posting a comment containing a laundry list of Ms Berejiklian’s recent achievements.
‘Covid under control, economy open, citizens are free and living a somewhat normal life, borders mainly open, pragmatic, empathetic, gets s**t done’, Rebecca wrote.
‘You guys have got the best Premier in the land,’ she added.
Tick! Commenting underneath a post by Mamamia founder Mia Freedman on Tuesday, Rebecca wrote a a laundry list of Ms Berejiklian’s greatest achievements, including getting COVID-19 under control and keeping the economy open
Rebecca is one of many celebrities who have spoken in support of Ms Berejiklian.
The Biggest Loser’s Michelle Bridges also rallied around the the embattled politician on Tuesday, writing a heartfelt comment on Ms Berejiklian’s latest Instagram post.
‘You have my full support. You have been nothing but incredible throughout Covid,’ the personal trainer wrote.
‘You have my full support’: The Biggest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges also rallied around the the embattled Premier on Tuesday, writing a heartfelt comment on Ms Berejiklian’s latest Instagram post
‘Thank you for you leadership. From one woman to another. We believe in you. And we would not want anyone else doing this job. Thank you,’ she added.
The Real Housewives of Sydney star Krissy Marsh also showed her support by commenting: ‘We love you, stay strong.’
Home and Away actress Penny McNamee commented: ‘Best Premier we have had!’
Allegiance: ‘Thank you for you leadership. From one woman to another. We believe in you. And we would not want anyone else doing this job. Thank you,’ wrote Michelle (pictured)
Kyle Sandilands has claimed he has more respect for Ms Berejiklian now after learning about her secret relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire.
‘I admire the woman greatly for her outstanding job and two – she’s got game – she’s getting a little bit of D. I like that,’ he said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday.
Kyle’s co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson said she would be devastated if the premier had to stand down as a result of the scandal.
‘We love you, stay strong’: The Real Housewives Of Sydney star Krissy Marsh also showed her support by commenting on Ms Berejiklian’s latest Instagram post
Praise: Home And Away actress Penny McNamee elsewhere commented: ‘Well said Mia. I totally agree. Best Premier we have had! #welovegladys’
‘If she stands down I would be absolutely gutted for her because I don’t think she has done anything wrong,’ she said.
‘I’m a big supporter of Gladys so I’m really saddened to see what has happened this week.’
Ms Berejiklian has resisted calls to resign after her ‘close personal relationship’ with the former Member for Wagga Wagga was revealed on Monday at a corruption probe into his business dealings.
‘I admire the woman greatly’: On Tuesday, Shock jock radio host Kyle Sandilands has said he has more respect for Ms Berejiklian despite bombshell revelations about her ‘close personal’ relationship with a disgraced former MP. Pictured: Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has accused Mr Maguire of using his public office and parliamentary resources to improperly gain a benefit for himself or for G8way International, a company he allegedly ‘effectively controlled’.
He was forced to quit Ms Berejiklian’s government in 2018 after a separate ICAC inquiry.
Relationship: Disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured together) had a secret relationship for five years
But despite her ‘close personal relationship’ with Mr Maguire, which lasted for five years, Ms Berejiklian repeatedly insisted she had little knowledge of his interests.
‘I stuffed up in my personal life,’ she told reporters on Monday afternoon.
‘Had I known then what I know now, clearly I would not have made those personal decisions.’
Close: Intercepted phone calls between Ms Berejiklian and Mr Maguire were played to the commission, revealing their close relationship
Ms Berejiklian had told the inquiry earlier on Monday that Mr Maguire was a ‘big talker’ who came up with ‘pie in the sky’ schemes and ‘a lot of the time I would have ignored or disregarded what he said as fanciful’.
Recordings of phone calls between the pair played at the hearing, in which Mr Maguire discusses his various business deals, appearing to contradict the premier.
The phone calls also forced Ms Berejiklian to deny she had deliberately distanced herself from Maguire’s affairs in an attempt at self-preservation.
Affectionate: Texts were shown to the ICAC inquiry where Maguire in 2014 described Berejiklian as ‘hokis’ – an Armenian term of affection
Fronting the inquiry and having her relationship revealed so sensationally in a public forum has been a ‘personal nightmare’, she later said.
Opposition Leader Jodi McKay says she doesn’t buy Ms Berejiklian story, and she must resign.
‘This premier is a fraud and today she’s been unmasked,’ she said.
Ms Berejiklian had been privy to Mr Maguire’s ‘dodgy dealing’ and had maintained her relationship until long after his resignation in 2018, she argued.
Nightmare: Fronting the inquiry and having her relationship revealed so sensationally in a public forum has been a ‘personal nightmare’, she later said