Mr Frydenberg spoke about the former state leader of the Liberal Party on Sky News Australia one day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison blasted the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) “shameful” inquiry into Ms Berejiklian.
First Edition host Peter Stefanovic asked the Treasurer whether the federal government are “laying the groundwork for Gladys Berejiklian to run for the election next year”.
Mr Frydenberg said he does not think Ms Berejiklian – who has been touted for the federal seat of Warringah – has made any decision about her future yet but “she’d be most welcome in federal politics”.
Gladys Berejiklian is seen arriving arriving for ICAC public hearings on October 29. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw
“I think she’s a wonderful leader, an incredible politician and she’s a good person,” Mr Frydenberg said on Friday morning.
“I have a very positive and constructive relationship with her but they will be decisions she will need to make in her own time.
“But I would hope her career in public life is not over yet.”
Mr Morrison rejected calls for a federal integrity commission during Parliament on Thursday as he slammed the ICAC as a “kangaroo court” that “did over” Ms Berejiklian.
“Those opposite want to support the sort of show in NSW, which has seen the most shameful, the most shameful attacks on the former premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian,” he said.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Sky News Australia former premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian would be “most welcome” in federal politics. Picture: Sam Mooy/Getty Images
“What was done to Gladys Berejiklian, the people of NSW know, was an absolute disgrace.
“I’m not going to allow that sort of a process, which seeks to publicly humiliate people on matters that have nothing to do with the issues before such a commission, to see those powers abused and seek to reduce the integrity of people like Gladys Berejiklian.
“The Australian people know that the former premier of NSW was done over by a bad process, and an abuse. I’m not going to have a kangaroo court taken into this parliament.
“These things, these matters should be looking at criminal conduct, not who your boyfriend is.”
Ms Berejiklian is seen during the ICAC public hearings. Picture: ICAC
Ms Berejiklian’s relationship with Daryl Maguire first became public in October 2020 during an ICAC inquiry into the former Wagga Wagga MP.
She confirmed their relationship came to an end in mid-July but they remained in contact until September 2020.
Ms Berejiklian resigned as premier on Friday October 1 following a statement from ICAC confirming a probe into whether she breached public trust.
Further details on Ms Berejiklian’s and Mr Maguire’s relationship were aired during the ICAC investigation into the former premier, which concluded on November 1.
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