Gladys Berejiklian sat through nearly five hours of intense questioning – but corruption investigators are not done quizzing the former NSW premier.
Gladys Berejiklian will face the Independent Commission Against Corruption for a second day of questioning on Monday.
The former NSW premier sat through nearly five hours of intense questions on Friday, but ICAC is not done quizzing her over her conduct in office.
She’s due back in the hot seat at 9am.
The anti-corruption body is investigating whether Ms Berejiklian had a conflict of interest in the course of a secret relationship with a former MP.
The ICAC is also investigating whether Ms Berejiklian failed in her duty to report suspected corruption, and whether she encouraged such behaviour by turning a blind eye.
Ms Berejiklian continued to deny she had done anything wrong when interviewed on Friday.
She maintained she had always acted with integrity and said she had no idea her former boyfriend, Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, had done anything wrong.
Since their secret relationship ended in August 2020, Mr Maguire has been recommended for charges over allegedly lying to ICAC, and has also agreed he used his position as MP to try to enrich himself.
No charges have been laid.
Ms Berejiklian said that she had no idea about Mr Maguire’s alleged dealings when they were dating.
She maintained that position after being played a recording of a tapped 2018 phone call with Mr Maguire, where the MP told Ms Berejiklian he was being subpoenaed by the ICAC.
“I believed him when he said he’d done nothing wrong,” Ms Berejiklian told the commission after the recording was played.
Ms Berejiklian on Friday confirmed Mr Maguire’s evidence that the pair were in love, discussed marriage and having a child, and would stay together from time to time.
She denied that the relationship was of sufficient status to disclose, even though she was shown a text message she wrote to Mr Maguire in April 2018, telling him: “You are my family”.
Ms Berejiklian said she stood by the decision not to disclose the relationship, and also said that at the time, she didn’t even consider making such a disclosure.
When asked about several other disclosures she had made, including about her familial ties to some public servants, she said it was different because they were related by blood.
Ms Berejiklian contended Mr Maguire’s level of access to her was the same as that enjoyed by other MPs.
“I was always able to distinguish between my private life and my public responsibilities,” Ms Berejiklian said.