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Thousands Sign Petition Calling For Gladys Berejiklian To Come Back As NSW Premier

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Thousands Sign Petition Calling For Gladys Berejiklian To Come Back As NSW Premier

People have been devastated over the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian as Premier of New South Wales.

Ms Berejiklian explained last week that she would be stepping down from the top job after the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced an investigation into the politician.

The probe will be looking into whether she engaged in conduct that involved a breach of public trust between 2012 to 2018, where she's alleged to have provided community grants to the electorate of her then-boyfriend and then-NSW MP Daryl Maguire.

Ms Berejiklian believes she has done nothing improper and said she will fight the allegations when ICAC kicks off its case later this month.

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Gladys Berejiklian. Credit: Saeed Khan/Pool via REUTERS
Gladys Berejiklian. Credit: Saeed Khan/Pool via REUTERS

But, it seems like there are plenty of people who want her to stay on as the NSW Premier.

A Change.org petition was made over the weekend that praised 'her handling of the Covid disaster' and described Ms Berejiklian as an 'anchor and an inspiration - a true leader'.

Nearly 74,000 people have signed the online campaign, which is directed at Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC (Governor of New South Wales).

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People seem to be really passionate about wanting Gladys back.

One person who signed the petition wrote: "I am disgusted and shamed by the Australian politicians. Back-stabbing, unforgiving and ineffectual. Gladys is a lady of substance, strong, committed and loyal to her people, during hard times and good times. She is human, one of us not like the so-called Gods that run this country. Gladys, we are with you all the way."

Another added: "She has been the best we have had! Am devastated at the thought of anyone replacing her. She has provided logic and strength throughout her premiership, providing PROPER leadership to NSW."

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A third said: "Absolutely absurd that behind the scenes political forces have more than likely taken another scalp. For me Gladys Berejiklian did an outstanding job under incredibly trying circumstances. Of course mistakes were made but she's not alone there. You will be sorely missed by Gladys."

Nic Holas, campaigns director of website Change.org, revealed on Twitter that there have been upwards of 30 different petitions all calling for Gladys to stay on.

People have also flocked to her electorate office in Northbrigde to lay flowers and leave cards and messages thanking Gladys for her service to New South Wales.

This will likely be all in vain as the state government will meet latter today (October 5) to elect a new Premier for New South Wales.

Featured Image Credit: Robert Wallace/Alamy Live News

Topics: Australia

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