“Oh, it’s disappointing,” he said at a Monday press conference after he was quizzed on his thoughts on Ms Berejiklian being absent.
“Gladys, as you know, has led us through this pandemic. I’m sure we’re all disappointed that she’s not here to celebrate this great moment with the people of NSW.
“Because – she was – I think, an outstanding Premier, the most outstanding Premier we’ve had. As all the media know, she was out every single day, daily press conferences, and it hasn’t just been the last 100 days, we’re talking 18 months here of challenge for our state.”
He described it has been a “very, very difficult time” for the government and Ms Berejiklian but added she was there “in spirit”.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said predecessor Gladys Berejiklian was with him “in spirit” as he welcomed the reopening of New South Wales. Picture: Lisa Maree Williams Pool/Getty Images
Ms Berejiklian has rarely been seen in the public following her resignation from the office of Premier and the NSW Parliament on Friday October 1.
She says she was left with “no choice” after the state’s corruption watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), announced an investigation.
ICAC will examine whether she breached public trust or encouraged the occurrence of corrupt conduct during her secret relationship with disgraced former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.
Gladys Berejiklian ‘had to resign’ amid ICAC investigation
She briefly appeared outside her electorate office in Willoughby last week to collect flowers and hand-made cards left by supporters of the 51-year-old.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone for the support they have shown me,” she told the media on Wednesday.
“A big thank you to everyone, it’s been an enormous comfort to know people care.”
Ms Berejiklian, who will also resign from Parliament, urged everyone to get behind Mr Perrottet.
“He will be an outstanding leader and at this time we need everyone to follow the Premier’s words to make sure we come out of this lockdown as safely as possible,” she said.
“I want the community to get behind Premier Perrottet as I know they will.”
Gladys Berejiklian was last seen on Wednesday when she arrived at her Willoughby electorate office where she picked up flowers and hand-made cards left by fans and supporters. Picture: David Barwell
Ms Berejiklian led NSW through the toughest lockdown the state has experienced since the beginning of the pandemic through daily coronavirus updates and providing economic assistance to struggling residents and businesses.
NSW officially reopened on Monday at 12:01am after the state was plunged into lockdown in late June following a Bondi limo driver who became infected from transporting airline crew.
Residents have flocked to hairdressers and barbers for their first haircuts in months, the gym and even Kmart where there was queues out the door at midnight.

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