Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation: Australia responds

Australians have reacted shockingly to Gladys Berejiklian’s sudden resignation, with a number of items left outside her home and office.

‘Breaking’ Australians reacted with shock to Gladys Berejiklian’s sudden resignation, while Sydney residents left flowers and cards outside her home and office.

Ms Berejiklian’s resignation has affected many Australians, some admitting they don’t normally care about politics.

Among the care workers was famed personal trainer Michelle Bridges, who took to Instagram Friday night to express her frustration with Ms Berejiklian’s resignation.

I am honestly not a political person. “I listen occasionally, but most of the time they make me deal with it,” she said.

“I am actually so devastated to see this lady go.

“I admire your tenacity, your courage, your spirit, your absolute faith that you show every day.”

Balloons, flowers and cards were left outside Ms Berejiklian’s home, with one supporter describing her resignation as “heartbreaking”.

“It was very sad to watch you resign as our prime minister. You were the coolest premiere in our state, and for that I want to thank you.”

At the time of writing, the Facebook post on Ms Berejiklian’s page with her resignation statement had attracted more than 6,000 comments.

“A true leader shines through turbulent times. Gladys shines through good times and bad. Sad to see you go,” Jean-Claude Tadros wrote.

“I am so shocked and saddened by this. You have been a strong Prime Minister and always a woman willing to go into difficult arenas. I wish you well; you will be missed,” said Maria Patrice.

Mel Carstairs wrote: “You have worked harder in the past 18-24 months than any predecessor and fought such a brave battle not only with the pandemic, but an environment full of men desperately wanting to eliminate you.”

Bystanders outside Ms Berejiklian’s office told Sky News they were alarmed by the double standards in her resignation.

One of them said: “Women are always stipulated in this.”

“(It) makes me want to cry. She has led us through a really difficult time, we are in a global pandemic and she has led us with strength and integrity and I am frustrated that she is gone,” another said.

“Long live Gladys,” “New South Wales deceived,” and “We love you, Gladys,” the signs registered at her Northbridge office read.

Ms Berejiklian, hailed as “the woman who saved Australia”, said on Friday she had no choice but to step down from the job she loved because of the ICAC investigation.

“I love my job and love community service, but I had no choice,” Ms Berejiklian said in a six-minute statement.

“As leader of the NSW Government, I have expected the highest standards for myself and my colleagues.”

“I have made it clear on numerous occasions that if any of my ministers are the subject of allegations being investigated by the Integrity Agency or law enforcement, they should step aside while the investigation proceeds so that their name can be acquitted… This same standard should apply to me as a Premier.”

This followed a statement issued by the NSW ICAC confirming that it was investigating whether it had breached public trust or had engaged in corrupt behaviour.

The investigation is linked to the allegations surrounding the disgraced former deputy, and Ms. Berejiklian’s ex-boyfriend, Daryl McGuire.

At the heart of the investigation are questions of what she knew and when.

Details of the relationship between Ms Berejiklian and Mr McGuire were first made public at an ICAC hearing a year ago.

The secret relationship between Ms Berejiklian and the former Wagga Wagga deputy ended in August last year, in the same month that the prime minister was first lured into an ICAC investigation.

Ms. Berejiklian has represented Willoughby headquarters since 2003 and has served as Prime Minister since 2017.

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