One in every of Australia’s most senior feminine Labor MPs says she feels sorry for Gladys Berejiklian, regardless of being on the opposite facet of the political aisle.
Federal Deputy Opposition Chief Tanya Plibersek refused to touch upon whether or not the NSW premier ought to resign when requested concerning the bombshell revelation this week that she had a close, personal relationship with disgraced minister Daryl Maguire.
“I feel actually, as a human being, very personally sorry for the premier,” she advised the ABC’s Insiders program.
“It is hard to form an maintain relationships in our line of work.”
However Ms Plibersek mentioned there was by no means any excuse “for corrupt behaviour or turning a blind eye to corrupt behaviour”.
“Any sort of impropriety should be properly investigated by ICAC and if it is referred to the police, by the police or the courts,” she mentioned.
“It doesn‘t matter who the person is, it doesn’t matter their gender, it doesn’t matter if we like the person or feel sorry for them.”
Ms Plibersek additionally criticised the mannequin proposed for a federal integrity fee.
“My concern is why don’t we have a national integrity commission, a similar anti-corruption body at a federal level?” she mentioned.
“I think it’s extraordinary that two years ago the government had said it had begun work on a national integrity commission almost a year before that, so there is a three-year delay now, according to the Morrison government’s own timetable.
“It can only look at behaviour that has happened after the laws have passed and the body is set up. It can’t look at things off its own bat. It can’t accept referrals from whistleblowers … I mean, what a joke.”
Ms Plibersek mentioned the weak point of the proposed mannequin meant if carried out, it will be unable to research allegations of branch-stacking and questions on a land deal at Sydney’s second airport.