Former Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian says her successor Dominic Perrottet will be an “outstanding leader” and has urged the people of NSW to support the new leadership as the state comes out of lockdown.
Arriving at her electoral station in Willoughby on Wednesday morning, Ms Berejiklian took the time to observe the floral tribute laid at the entrance to the building.
“I want to thank everyone for the support they have shown me, it is very reassuring,” said Ms Berejiklian.
“I just want everyone to know that I’m going to read every card and message.”
Ms Berejiklian, who resigned on Friday after the Independent Commission Against Corruption confirmed she would hold public hearings to investigate her conduct during her tenure, said she has felt “OK” since she stepped down.
“I just want everyone to stand behind the new Prime Minister Perrottet and the NSW government at this important time,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“He will be an outstanding leader and at this important time we need everyone to follow the Prime Minister’s words and ensure we get out of this lockdown as safely as possible.”
The ICAC said it was investigating whether Ms Berejiklian allowed or encouraged corrupt behavior by her former long-term friend, disgraced former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire.
At the center of the research is $5.5 million that the government has awarded to the Australian Clay Target Association and $30 million to the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, both in the former headquarters of Mr. Maguire of Wagga Wagga.