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Scott Morrison Hints Gladys Berejiklian Could Join Federal Politics

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Scott Morrison Hints Gladys Berejiklian Could Join Federal Politics

Gladys Berejiklian might have resigned as Premier of New South Wales, however her political career might not be over.

The politician stepped down from the state's top job last week after the Independent Commission Against Corruption announced it was investigating whether she engaged in conduct that involved a breach of public trust between 2012 to 2018.

While she has insisted she has done nothing improper, she said she had no choice but to resign as Premier and wait to see how the investigation goes.

But the Prime Minister has hinted she could soon make a splash in the federal realm.

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Gladys Berejiklian. Credit: Robert Wallace/Alamy Live News
Gladys Berejiklian. Credit: Robert Wallace/Alamy Live News

Speaking to Channel 7's Sunrise, Scott Morrison said: "She has a lot more to contribute, I know that, but they really are issues for Gladys to work through when she's ready to do that.

"She should know that she has tremendous support both in the Liberal Party and I think right across NSW for the fantastic job that she's done."

"That really is up to Gladys about what she wants to do next."

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Mr Morrison said he was 'quite certain the people of NSW would love to see' Gladys 'contributing in one way or another'.

If she did make a run for federal politics then she could contest for the seat of Warringah on Sydney's northern beaches, which is currently held by independent Zali Steggall.

The Guardian Australia reports senior federal Liberals believe she would be a fantastic candidate on the national level.

Liberal MP John Alexander told the news organisation: "I'm more thinking as a punter - what an asset she would be for the Liberal party.

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"You're bringing in a very confident woman, totally on her ability, it would help to address a lack of women in the party. It would be a great thing to entice her - but she might need some time to mend."

They are confident ICAC will clear her of any wrongdoing and she will be allowed to reenter politics.

The investigation will be looking into whether she engaged in conduct that involved a breach of public trust over providing community grants to the electorate of her then-boyfriend and then-NSW MP Daryl Maguire.

Ms Berejiklian hasn't commented on rumours of her making a run for federal politics.

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The New South Wales government will meet later today (October 5) to discuss who will be elected Premier.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Topics: Australia

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