History is littered with women brought undone by the actions of men, women who have seen their lives upended when their partners behaved like scoundrels.
But Gladys Berejiklian?
Will she become the third premier of New South Wales whose career is ended by events before the Independent Commission Against Corruption?
It seems likely.
The revelations of Berejiklian’s “close personal relationship” with the former MP for Wagga Daryl Maguire, who is before the commission over allegations of corrupt conduct, have come as a bombshell.
Even more astounding is that the relationship, begun in 2015, continued until August this year. This was after Berejiklian sacked Maguire from the Liberal party, forced him to sit on the crossbench and prevailed on others to get him to resign as the member for Wagga Wagga.
The allegations against Maguire are in the public domain and in substantial detail.
In her press conference on Monday after giving evidence to the commission, Berejiklian said she continued the friendship because Maguire was in “a very dark place” and he had lost everything. She is appealing to the desire of all of us to support friends.
But she is the premier, and she sets the standards of her government.
Among the conduct under investigation is whether Maguire ran a business, G8way, out of his parliamentary office, offered visa services to Chinese business partners and was involved in paid lobbying for various landholders, including one at Badgerys Creek, the site of Sydney’s second airport.
Over several hours on Wednesday Berejiklian, a notoriously private person, had her personal life laid bare, as the counsel assisting, Scott Robertson, played telephone intercepts of her personal calls with Maguire during 2017 and 2018.
Berejiklian is single. Maguire is now separated. This is not a question of morality. It is one of judgment: whether Berejiklian