Berejiklian and Andrews: A tale of two crises

Today in The Australian

The past week has hardly been kind on our political system’s image. In NSW, Gladys Berejik­lian’s previously untarnished reputation was battered by revelations of her relationship with Daryl Maguire, a disgraced former Liberal MP.


About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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19 Responses to Berejiklian and Andrews: A tale of two crises

  1. min

    Andrews is such a pathological liar and full of arrogance believing no one is as smart as he is . Yesterday he argued with a Peta Credlin that he remembers what he has said ,even with video clips etc to prove otherwise.
    Pity his memory was not so good when questioned in the inquiry .

  2. Up The Workers!

    For purposes of fairness and balance, compare Gladys’s relationship with Maguire, with Milton Orkopoulos’s sausage-sinking relationships with all those kiddies; or Keith Wrights with his kiddies or Bill D’Arcy’s with his kiddies, or Terry Martin’s with his kiddy, or Bob Collins’s with all his kiddies, or Andres Puig’s with his kiddies or Bonking Billy Short-one’s with his kiddy down at Geelong.

    The Left loves nothing better than perverts, liars and crooks.

    Only demented Leftard grubs on the A.L.P.B.C. payroll could forgive in the latter cases, what they condemn in Gladys…and this Maguire character is sure no innocent kiddie.

  3. OldOzzie

    Surprisingly Graham Richardson sums it up for me.

    Embarrassment is surely punishment enough for Gladys Berejiklian

    Graham Richardson

    Gladys Berejiklian appeared to be the last on the list of politicians likely to lose their jobs over a sex scandal. She was the bastion of solid, Christian living. The terrible embarrassment she has felt over recent weeks is etched into her face. When Neville Wran talked about “the blowtorch being applied to the belly” this is exactly the sort of situation he had in mind. Only the truly tough can survive this kind of front-page ­justice. We have seen ICAC ­destroy the reputations of the innocent over the years. What’s more we have sat idly by as injustice became the order of the day.

    Obviously the Premier is entitled to have a relationship with whomever she chooses, but anyone holding that position knows that any relationship they might have will be the subject of considerable scrutiny.

    When you take the oath at Government House to faithfully serve the people of NSW, you sign away your right to privacy. The intense scrutiny will remain with you for as long as you hold the position and some time beyond as well. If you choose to commit a sin, you pay a heavy price.

    Love and attraction are too often blind to character. The Premier actually said she didn’t want to know about the business dealings of Daryl Maguire, her ex, but that doesn’t really help. Surely she had a duty to be concerned that his business dealings were above board. When you sign on as premier you lose the right to look the other way. You must be proactive in taking every step to satisfy yourself that there is no time bomb ticking away somewhere in your lover’s life. Time bombs have a habit of blowing up in your face.

    The television news programs have been showing vox pops of ­locals in Berejiklian’s Sydney seat of Willoughby expressing strong support for her but no Liberal heavyweights have yet emerged from their bunkers to throw their weight behind her.

    Bill Clinton left office with the highest ratings of his career despite the Monica Lewinsky affair. There was no evidence that this ­affair in any way impaired his ­capacity to do his job and the same conclusion can be applied in Berejiklian’s case. Why can’t we all say that she has suffered enough and just let go?

  4. Rex Mango

    Great column & excellent cartoon by Spooner.

  5. Vagabond

    One of Henry’s best. And in the same issue of the Oz, there’s a withering denunciation of Dan by Francis Galbally. In particular the blatant hypocracy of the man lecturing us all about the importance of telling the truth. It defies belief.

  6. billie

    meh it didn’t hurt our Juliar to have had a scoundrel as a partner

    I don’t remember Richo being as succint back then

  7. min

    Julia and Tim birds a feather methinks with the female of the species having more black marks.

  8. Roger

    Obviously the Premier is entitled to have a relationship with whomever she chooses, but anyone holding that position knows that any relationship they might have will be the subject of considerable scrutiny.

    Which is presumably why she went to such lengths to keep it a secret.

    Whether she is corrupt or winked at corruption will be determined by ICAC, but she remains a liar by ommission and a hypocrite who held others accountable to standards she excused herself from.

    A creature of the Photios faction too, I note.

  9. Robbo

    I’m one of those who is prepared to forgive politicians who make mistakes and that is because we should not expect more from them than we do from ourselves and others. My proviso, however, is that I do expect honesty and when they stuff something up I want to hear an admission and an apology and a plan on how the situation will be fixed. What we have heard from Andrews is simply lies, deceit, covering up, blaming others including the general public, and failing to take reasonable steps to fix the monstrous fuck up that he, through his hopeless incompetence, imposed on us all. It follows, therefore, that I cannot forgive that arrogant and nasty bastard for the economic pain and death that he has caused. I have reached the stage where I only wish bad things on Andrews.
    Then there is Gladys who let her lust get the better of her as she bedded a dickhead who happened to be a fellow MP and a crook who used his position to enrich himself. In doing so he betrayed Gladys and she, unbelievably, continued the relationship even though she knew he was a crook. She now says she did nothing wrong and I would really like to accept that, but I cannot. There is a Code of Conduct for MPs and it applies to every MP, including the Premier. Indeed the Premier is the person who has the greatest duty to ensure that everyone complies with that Code. She knew her bedmate was using his position as an MP to enrich himself because he told her so but she failed to report his activities and then continued on with her affair. I don’t wish bad things for Gladys but I do believe that she needs to resign. She breached the Code of Conduct.

  10. Up The Workers!

    To billie at 10.19 a.m., who said:

    “meh it didn’t hurt our Juliar to have had a scoundrel as a partner…”

    What’s wrong with that?

    Fair’s fair.

    They all had no less a scoundrel as a partner as well.

  11. Diogenes

    . She knew her bedmate was using his position as an MP to enrich himself because he told her

    Did he? He told her he had concluded deals that resulted in n many dollars commission. Did he actually tell her “I am using my position as MP to make these commissions”, or words to that effect.

    As for continuing the affair after he resigned …
    Let us assume there is a Mrs Robbo, and Mrs Robbo is employed as a bookkeeper. Mrs Robbo is ripping off her employer, has been found guilty in court, is given a non-custodial sentence, and mentally she is in a bad state. Will you …
    1. throw Mrs Robbo out on the street and refuse to have anything to do with her forever?
    2. at least get her mental state on an even keel before throwing her arse out on the street?
    3. provide as much love and support as you can for all your days?

    It seems that Gladys went for 2 , until the new allegations.

  12. Professor Fred Lenin

    The illegals who obtained the tainted visas should be deported instantly ,the are here as a result of a criminal act . After they have gone home they can begin action against the criminal who gave them fraudulentvisa.

  13. candy

    Of course she knew he was shonky. Women know these things. Like Ms Gillard, she is not an inexperienced lass. And 50 and a talented, intelligent achiever. A blind eye and hope for the best.

    But on the whole , I do think Labor and a lot of the LNP reps will be secretly happy that her position is stable, in case they themselves are involved in a similar situation be it with a lover, best friend or relative, in the future. The standard is set.

  14. Robbo

    Diogenes. They played tapes at the hearing which confirm he told her what he was doing and her reply “ I don’t want to know anything about that” or words to that effect. She knew what he was up to and to deny that is ignoring the clearly obvious.
    Let us assume there is a Mrs Diogenes and she is found guilty of using her position of trust (whatever that may be) to pursue corrupt activities. I assume you are a man of honour and will abide by your marital oath to always stand by your spouse regardless but does that mean that you will chuck your scruples into the bin and ignore the fact that she has committed a crime?

  15. min

    Here is a diagnosis if I had had Gladys as a client . All her energy and effort had been put into her career,suddenly she reaches 45 . This is when women’s hormones with menopause is on the horizon start to trigger off emotions. Sexual attraction again is started with the pheromones which explains it is what the nose knows not what the head and eyes tell you. Probably the first one to even let be close and still the Virgin Queen at that stage.

  16. Ainsley Hayes

    No right to ask as a Lurker and this is way OT, I know, but I’d appreciate some suggestions for a short quiz for my next team meeting on Monday.

    Here in Das Kapital, we sometimes have a short quiz after discussing the business of the day. It’s for morale and beats whippings. I am held out by my colleagues to be the only Trump-supporter in the entire Republic of the ACT (and therefore nice but also insane and evil) and today the boss loudly informed me it was my turn to run the next quiz ‘…on Keynesian economics!’. Ha! Another superb gotcha, he thought.

    Needless to say, my department is woke af, my colleagues are woke af, and I am regularly set up with these traps like last week’s Hey, what do YOU think about Qanon? Etcetera. While I like to imagine myself wandering the floors silent and alone like Galileo Galilei searching for truth rather than affirmation, one can still have a little fun.

    I’ve only come up with two questions so far, which are (or at least variations):

    Q: Who was Milton Keynes?
    A: A fictional economist invented by Alexandria Occasional-Cortex, member of the US Congress and former bartender.
    B: A town in England.
    C: A world-famous dead white male economist who favoured interventionism in the market.

    Q: What is 2+2?
    A: 4 B: 5 C: Trickle-down economics…rheeeee! D: Maths is racist.

    Grateful for any contributions esteemed Cats wish to offer, and once again sorry for being OT but it’s for a good cause.🙂

  17. Steve

    Ask them why Hellary still isnt Prez…then stand back as their heads explode…..

    Or ask them how much of a tax break everyone in the US will get to make them better off under Trump.

    Surely even wokists wont turn down free money in the form of tax breaks? Surely?

  18. H B Bear

    Yes Roger the problem is the secrecy, there is no need to go beyond that. I’m sick of politicians screwing staffers, journalists, newsreaders and then holding themselves out as family men or women at election time. I don’t care who they are screwing just don’t try to hide it from the electorate. The Glad Bag was happy to allow the media to portray her as a studious woman devoted and diligently applying herself to her work. That was, at least in part, a complete facade.

    With a few notable exceptions Australian media generally respect family relationships as private anyway.

  19. John A

    When you sign on as premier you lose the right to look the other way. You must be proactive in taking every step to satisfy yourself that there is no time bomb ticking away somewhere in your lover’s life. Time bombs have a habit of blowing up in your face.

    Dear Graham “whatever it takes”,
    I recommend that this very sound principle apply to all politicians – including those on your side of the fence.

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