The Independent Commission Against Corruption has issued a statement confirming it will hold a public inquiry into whether NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian breached public trust when she awarded grants to several community organizations between 2012 and 2018.

The NSW corruption watchdog announced whether Berejiklian encouraged the occurrence of corrupt conduct during her secret relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire, as Sydney Morning Herald Reports. The ICAC will question whether Berejiklian was in a position of conflict between her public duties and private interests. A public hearing will be held as part of Operation Keppel from Monday, October 18th.

The Premier will be questioned about grants awarded or promised to the Australian Clay Target Association in Wagga Wagga and to the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga, during which time Maguire was a local member. A $5 million state government grant was given to a gun club in Mr Maguire’s electorate in 2017 while Ms Berejiklian was Treasurer.

In light of the investigation, Gladys Berejiklian has announced that she will step down from her role as Premier of NSW.
I’ve had to make an extremely difficult decision overnight, one I feel obliged to do because of the love and respect I have are the people of New South Wales and the high regard with which I have the office of Premier,” she said during a press conference.

“I was advised late afternoon the Independent Commission Against Corruption would today released a public statement in which it was state it is investigating allegations about me concerning matters relating to the former Member for Wagga Wagga.”