‘You’re the leader!’: Dominic Perrottet is GRILLED by Leigh Sales in his first major TV interview as he refuses to cast judgement over Gladys Berejiklian’s secret five-year relationship which ended her career
Dominic Perrottet has been grilled by firebrand reporter Leigh Sales during his first major sit-down interview since becoming NSW premier.
The leader was questioned about everything from the state’s Covid cases to his predecessor Gladys Berejiklian and her secret five year relationship with a rogue MP.
Asked whether Ms Berejiklian should have disclosed her relationship with Daryl McGuire to colleagues, the father-of-six refused to answer – simply stating the investigation was ‘ongoing’.
But his answer didn’t satisfy the ABC 7.30 star, who replied: ‘Sorry, Premier, you are the leader of the government though and you would have standards that you expect from your ministers.
‘If you had somebody on your team that was engaged in a relationship like that, would you expect it to be disclosed?’
The leader was questioned about everything from the state’s Covid cases to his predecessor Gladys Berejiklian and her secret five year relationship with rogue MP Daryl Maguire (pictured together)
Thinking on his feet, Mr Perrottet said he ‘was not sure’.
‘The premier’s made previous comments in relation to the fact that she did not believe that the relationship was of a sufficient standard that would meet the disclosure of interest requirements for government in those meetings such as the Expenditure Review Committee,’ he went on to say.
‘But you know, I haven’t obviously discussed the matter with the former premier because we are not entitled to speak about those matters that are currently before the ICAC.’
The ABC presenter probed whether the state leader would move to ‘clip the wings’ of the anti-corruption body after the third Liberal Party premier’s was forced to stand down due under a cloud.
Mr Perrottet initially denied the rumours but then said it’s possible there could be some reforms.
‘No. I mean, I think the integrity agency has an important role in ensuring corruption is out of public life,’ he said.
‘But that doesn’t mean from time-to-time reforms to every part of the government here in New South Wales shouldn’t be looked at.
‘But if there are ways in which we can strengthen independent oversight, in whatever area it is, I think that’s a positive thing.’