The Informer: I'm not resigning, says under-fire Premier Gladys Berejiklian

The national spotlight fell on an unexpected relationship.
The national spotlight fell on an unexpected relationship.

Gladys Berejiklian is a notoriously private woman. That was until today.

On the same day that her colleague Daniel Andrews admitted the COVID situation in Victoria may be "as good as it gets", Ms Berejiklian faced a barrage of questions about her secret relationship with a former MP under investigation for corruption.

To say it was an unexpected revelation at the Independent Commission Against Corruption into former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire's business dealing is an understatement.

Ms Berejiklian said she has no intention of standing down because she "hadn't done anything wrong".

"If I had done something wrong, I would be the first one to consider my position. But I haven't," Ms Berejiklian said late this afternoon.

"I'm an intensely private person and without question, I stuffed up in my personal life."

Gladys Berejiklian with former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

Gladys Berejiklian with former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

While there is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Ms Berejiklian according to ICAC, her judgment has been questioned - by colleagues and rivals.

As expected, NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay said she will move a motion of no-confidence in the premier on Tuesday in parliament.

And just as Ms Berejiklian's phone calls were a source of information at one inquiry, telephone records cost Victoria's most senior bureaucrat his job today.

Chris Eccles resigned after his phone records were handed the quarantine hotel inquiry over the weekend. They revealed he spoke to the head of police as the state's hotel quarantine program was hastily set up.

Premier Daniel Andrews was "shocked" when he learnt Mr Eccles had made the call.

"I believe he has made the right choice (to resign)," he said. "It was not a matter of me having to instruct him, he said his position was not tenable. I did not need to urge him."

Meanwhile, at another inquiry, traditional owners of the ancient Juukan Gorge rock shelters blasted by Rio Tinto have given emotional evidence, saying the mining giant "didn't want to know" about the importance of the sites.

Bureaucracy and politics aside, Victoria recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and no deaths; NSW recorded one new local case in the latest 24-hour reporting period; and Queensland continues its unblemished record.

Oh, and if all that didn't make you want to build a blanket fort and hide away forever, the news that Australia is likely to be hit with increased severe weather over the next six months with more cyclones and flooding forecast, will make you reconsider that decision.

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