27 September 2019
Premier Gladys Berejiklian will be glad to get to the weekend following a shaky fortnight capped by her Liberal and National Government’s shock loss in an Upper House vote on Labor’s bill to ban single use plastic bags last night.
Over the past fortnight, Ms Berejiklian has:
- Had three Liberal Government members attempt to spill her leadership.
- Lost one Liberal Minister, John Sidoti to ICAC, leaving serious questions over her own failure as Premier to manage his conflict of interest at Tallawong and Five Dock as required under the Ministerial Code of Conduct and ICAC Act.
- Been humiliated in the Upper House on single use plastic bags, meaning Labor’s Bill will come down to the Lower House in two weeks.
“This has been a shaky fortnight for Gladys Berejiklian’s leadership. She has looked weak. She has lost her grip on the Upper House and left the impression there is nobody in charge” — Adam Searle MLC, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
“The building industry is in crisis – the Premier has done nothing. Key projects like the stadium and light rail have been bungled, with no end in sight,” Mr Searle said.
“The Liberals and Nationals, already on their third Premier, are increasingly divided, tatty and tired. It’s quite clear Gladys Berejiklian is now a Premier on borrowed time.”