‘I refute that’: Gladys Berejikilan rejects claims she suspected corruption but wanted to avoid being caught – as she refuses to step down during fourth day of intense questioning by journalists
Gladys Berejiklian has rejected claims she suspected her ex-boyfriend’s dodgy dealings but did not ask him about them because she wanted to avoid getting caught up in any wrongdoing.
In her fourth face-off with journalists this week, the premier again refused to resign, saying ‘hand on heart I have done nothing wrong’ as her ex Daryl Maguire, 61, faces a corruption inquiry.
On Monday the inquiry heard a phone call in which Maguire told Ms Berejiklian about a property deal he hoped to gain from before she replied: ‘I don’t need to know about that bit’.
Gladys Berejiklian (pictured today) has rejected claims she suspected her ex-boyfriend’s dodgy dealings but did not ask him about them
Sky News Host Andrew Clennell on Friday suggested to the premier that she suspected Maguire was up to something but kept herself in the dark deliberately.
‘You are actively limiting the amount of information you knew,’ he said.
The premier rejected that allegation, saying: ‘I have made that clear, absolutely not.’
On Monday she claimed she said ‘I don’t need to know about that bit’ simply because she was not interested in Maguire’s finances.
Clennell pressed further, saying: ‘These conversations on the tapes, and the fact you only ended the relationship with Daryl Maguire once you had been to a private hearing with ICAC, indicates you are a leader that is not about right or wrong, but whether or not she will be caught.
The premier replied: ‘I’m sorry, but are strongly refute that.’
Later Mr Clennell said: ‘So we’re just supposed to believe you’ and she replied: ‘Well, I’ve done nothing wrong.’
At the inquiry this week, Maguire has admitted this week to running a cash-for-visa scheme from his office, ‘monetising’ his parliamentary position and secretly directing the company G8wayinternational from his office which ‘ultimately’ sought to sell access to the highest levels of government.
Berejiklian has denied any wrongdoing and is not the subject of the ICAC investigation.
She admitted to a secret five-year relationship with Maguire this week – which he said was ‘on again, off again’, and ended a month or two ago.
‘I stuffed up in my personal life,’ she said.