A total of six officials have resigned in the span of three days following tyrannical New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s difficult resignation on Friday. Berjiklian announced her ‘difficult decision’ to resign after a corruption watchdog announced it was looking into her ‘alleged misconduct.’ It was the corruption charges that finally brought the tyrannical leader to step down.
Following NSW Premier Berejiklian’s exit, her Deputy Premier John Barilaro also announced his resignation and will leave parliament. Barilaro said the constant pressure from media scrutiny and his defamation case against YouTuber Jordan Shanks is a ‘big reason’ for his departure from politics.
YouTube star Jordan Shanks responded to Barilaro’s departure and attacks. Barilaro accused the YouTube star of “vile racism” after Shanks called him ‘a conman to the core, powered by spaghetti.’ FriendlyJordies accused Barilaro of using his press conference to smear him as racist.
New South Wales is in a state of political disarray and chaos, facing multiple costly and distracting by-elections and an uncertain path towards post-Covid freedom.
In the space of three days, NSW has lost its Premier and Deputy Premier, a senior Cabinet Minister, three veteran Coalition members of parliament and will likely need to find a new Treasurer in coming weeks.
The shock resignation on Friday of Premier Gladys Berejiklian, both from the state’s top job and parliament representing the seat of Willoughby, has sparked a domino effect of departures.
Following her today is Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who announced he’s stepping aside from the role as well as quitting as Nationals leader and exiting politics, leaving vacant his regional seat of Monaro.
And on Sunday, Transport Minister Andrew Constance confirmed he would leave the NSW Cabinet and quite state politics for a tilt at a federal seat.
Those three departures will each require a by-election.
Speculation is mounting that more departures from the Coalition ranks could come within days.
Now, just a week away from the end of Sydney’s lockdown and the beginning of a new era in the coronavirus pandemic – one the rest of the country is closely watching – the focus is firmly on the government’s internal woes instead.
Apparently, the judicial system still works in Australia.