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Circling the wagons for Gladys : Comments

By Paul Collits, published 19/10/2020

Many are coming to the defence of the NSW Premier following her outing as a consort of the corrupt. Their arguments in her favour, all five of them, are without merit.

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The 'mad green leftism'of the North Shore Liberals is enough on its own.
Posted by Little, Monday, 19 October 2020 8:44:01 AM
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Good piece and as a NSW citizen, I TOTALLY concur with all five points. She is a hardnosed pollie and that's how she got the the top of the NSW swamp. In particular it galls me that people praise her for Covid "gold Standard" praise. She allowed, supported and even stood in for Hazzard to Shipping Brad and the arrogant CMO Kerry Chant would allowed not only Ruby Princess debacle to infect Sydney and the rest of Australia, but 62 other ships in between January and March!

Gladys' role as Transport Minister lead to numerous infrastructure deals that will cost generations dearly and as Treasurer, she wasn't much better. Faux feminism is a disgraceful trait, but as you say, the are all Pollies first (and mates wallowing in the rich swamp of Macquarie St), Party members second and finally representatives of their electorate only once every 4 years.

Mind you, Queen Anastasia, Chairman Dan and Staler Commandant McGowan ain't much better than Matahara Gladys!
Posted by Alison Jane, Monday, 19 October 2020 8:45:18 AM
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Lets be both inclusive and for equality. You outlined all the previous corruption in NSW very comprehensively.
They need to treat themselves as they treat us. Increase the penalties, if they will not learn, as they do to us. Mandatory jail sentences for refusal to answer questions and higher penalties for lying.
Goes without saying that pensions should be disallowed for all forced to resign or found guilty. This power should reside with the courts not some sleazy bunch of fellow politicians.
Posted by JBowyer, Monday, 19 October 2020 8:51:42 AM
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Any defence of that woman shows the sorry state of Australian politics and the riff raff voting citizens. She doesn't have the decency to resign, so should be given the Kerr/Whitlam experience by the NSW Governor. Instead of going off the deep end about US politics, over which they have no control, Australians (not just the New South Welsh), should be taking more interest in their own scumbag politicians. And, get one thing straight about left/right: it's all left these days. All politicians are in the business for themselves, and they are all into the good old socialist stand-by of spending and giving other people's money away to keep them in business.

Nobody with even the slightest conservative views should be voting for any of the current specimens available in Australian politics today.

The feminist take is, as always, pathetic. As is the idea that this woman has been a "good" premier. There is no way anyone who was any good would have found herself in the fix she is in now. That she didn't resign immediately shows that she is no damn good at all.

The three remaining arguments are all true as well.

Well done, Paul Collits.
Posted by ttbn, Monday, 19 October 2020 10:30:44 AM
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"No, everyone knows she is tarnished, and should go. Not because anyone better from the sorry NSW Liberal Party would replace her they are all mere puppets of the hidden, leftist factional bosses but rather because showing Gladys the door just might signify the start of a very, very long road back for the State to probity, decency, transparency and principled politics."

Well said.
Posted by Raycom, Monday, 19 October 2020 10:44:02 AM
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And there's more!

As reported in today's Herald AM online news summary:

COALITION ELECTORATES SHOWERED WITH $250M IN UNAPPROVED GRANTS

It was a bruising period for the Berejiklian government last week, to say the least, and the tumult looks set to continue. It can be revealed that the Coalition handed out more than $250 million in council grants, almost all in Coalition-held seats, without any signed paperwork in the months before last year's state election.

The government confirmed no signed approvals exist for 249 grants rubberstamped between June 27, 2018, and March 2019 from the Stronger Communities Fund. Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured above, photo by Nick Moir) directly approved more than $100 million worth of the grants, but the only records of the approvals are in the form of emails from policy advisers. The opposition will attempt to have the leader of the government in the upper house, Don Harwin, suspended from the chamber over the failure to table the documents which apparently do not exist.

Ms Berejiklian is bracing for another eventful week in Parliament, with the focus set to be on her secret five-year romance with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire, who is the subject of a corruption inquiry. NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro also returns this week from mental health leave after a bitter Coalition spat over koala planning policy.

The Premier's colleagues have publicly vowed there will be no leadership challenge, but one senior Liberal, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: "She will never be able to enforce discipline again."

What the Writing and Society Research Centre's Jane Goodall says: The Premier's ICAC appearance throws light on a dangerous irony that leaves the state at risk.
Posted by Raycom, Monday, 19 October 2020 11:52:23 AM
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