Berejiklian inquiry: Finding a breach of public trust or a tawdry fishing expedition?

The 11-day corruption inquiry into Gladys Berejiklian has come to an end after the former premier faced two days of grilling over her relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire.

Throughout the course of the hearings, intimate details of the pair’s relationship were exposed through questioning from the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s counsel assisting, Scott Robertson. The commission heard Berejiklian considered Maguire part of her “love circle” but didn’t consider the relationship significant enough to declare as a potential conflict of interest.

The inquiry has focused on multimillion-dollar grants given or promised to Maguire’s electorate between 2015 and 2018 while the pair were still in a relationship.

Now, the ICAC will receive private submissions from interested parties and rule on whether the former premier engaged in conduct that involved a breach of public trust or allowed, or encouraged, Maguire’s corrupt conduct.

Today on Please Explain, state political editor Alexandra Smith joins Nathanael Cooper to look at what unfolded at the ICAC.

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