Gladys Berejiklian talks about her plans to go back to work in the private sector after four years as the leader of NSW.
Gladys Berejiklian talked about her new job after leaving politics and gave a big hint about what she wants to do in the future.
Gladys Berejiklian, who used to be the premier of NSW, has talked about her move to the private sector and said she has no plans to go back into politics.
Ms. Berejiklian quit her job in October of last year after it was revealed that she was being investigated for corruption because of her secret relationship with an ex-MP.
While that investigation is going on, Ms. Berejiklian's time in parliament and her relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire are both over.
She is now a manager at the big telecommunications company Optus and dating one of the famous lawyers who defended her in front of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
In a new interview, Ms. Berejiklian said that she has no plans to run for office again.
She told Sky News Australia, "I think people understand that once you leave public life, you have to go back to the private sector and work hard. That's what I'm looking forward to doing."
"I can't speak for what other people decide. I can only speak for myself, and I'm really, really looking forward to the next part of my life."
And that's with Optus, with their great people, and making a real difference for the company, which has always been my goal."
The ICAC hasn't come up with any conclusions yet, and Ms. Berejiklian has always said she didn't do anything wrong.
Operation Keppel, which is run by the watchdog, is looking into claims that Ms. Berejiklian broke the public's trust by having a secret relationship with Mr. Maguire.
Anti-corruption officials looking into a different case involving a Sydney council were the first to notice Mr. Maguire. They have asked prosecutors to look into whether he should be charged for giving false information to that investigation.
The ICAC then started a separate investigation into his work as an MP and claims that he used his position for personal gain. During this investigation, they found out that he was in a relationship with Ms. Berejiklian that neither of them had told anyone about.
The watchdog is looking into whether Ms. Berejiklian had a conflict of interest when she helped Mr. Maguire get money without saying they were a couple.
It was recently found out that the job of the official in charge of that investigation had been extended.
In July, Ruth McColl's term as Assistant Commissioner was extended until the end of October.
Ms. McColl was brought in so that she could be in charge of Operation Keppel.
Ms. Berejiklian, a Liberal, was the state's leader for four years starting in 2017. During the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, she was in charge of how the state dealt with it.
She is the managing director of enterprise, business, and institutions at Optus.