New twist in ICAC inquiry that sparked Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation
The commissioner overseeing the anti-corruption investigation that led to the resignation of former New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian had more time to complete the report.
Ruth McColl SC was due to resign from the NSW Independent Bribery Commission at the end of the month.
“SM. McColl’s services are required for the finalization of the Keppel Operation report, including participation in the review and modification processes of this report,” read a statement Friday.
“The commission is aware of its obligations… to provide investigative reports as soon as possible after concluding its involvement in a case.
“The commission will not comment further at this stage.”
Operation Keppel was launched in 2020 to investigate reports from former MP Wagga Wagga Darryl Maguire and was extended to investigate Ms. Berejiklian after it was revealed that the couple had a secret relationship.
Although the investigation was made public in 2020, ICAC officials have been monitoring Mr. Maguire since at least 2018.
The ICAC investigated whether Ms Berejiklian breached public trust during her meeting with Mr. Maguire.
Charges against her included that she had not reported Mr. Maguire’s alleged corrupt behavior to the authorities, that she had “encouraged” him by remaining silent, and that she had a conflict of interest when she used her power as treasurer and prime minister to cope. to requests for money from the parliamentarian.
In the recorded phone calls between the two rang for the commission, Ms Berejiklian was heard swearing to “throw money” at the Maguire electorate after he retired from politics.
The ICAC also heard from other NSW ministers and staff in Ms. Berejiklian’s office.
Ms. Berejiklian stepped down as prime minister in October 2021 and now works for Optus.