Distraught supporters have left flowers and balloons at Gladys Berejiklian’s house after the popular

Distraught supporters have left flowers and balloons at Gladys Berejiklian’s house after the popular Premier resigned on Friday over a corruption investigation.

Constituents were pictured tying balloons in the shape of her initials to the gates of her north Sydney home while others left flowers at her door.

One supporter standing outside the outgoing premier’s Willoughby electorate office told Sky News: ‘I’m devastated to be honest.

It makes me want to cry. She’s led us through a really difficult time. 

‘We’re in a global pandemic and she’s led us with strength and integrity and I’m devastated that’s she gone.’

Constituents were pictured tying balloons in the shape of her initials to the gates of the premier’s north Sydney home while others left flowers at her door

A supporter walking her dog leaves flowers at Ms Berejiklian’s home 

Distraught supporters left flowers at Gladys Berejiklian’s house after the popular NSW Premier resigned on Friday

One letter left at the premier’s home said she had been ‘the most amazing premier’ of the state

Upset supporters: A woman carries flowers to Ms Berejiklian’s home in north Sydney

The supporter said it was unfair that Ms Berejiklian resigned over an investigation into her relationship with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire while male MPs in the Federal Government were kept on after various scandals.

‘I’m angry about the double standards that we have in our government that we have males that have affairs and have babies with their assistants and be accused of sexual assault and rape and still be in government yet a leader of integrity and strength like Gladys is forced out,’ she said in reference to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and former attorney-general Christian Porter. 

Mr Porter stepped down as a minister earlier this month after denying historic rape allegations.

In a tearful press conference on demand Friday Ms Berejiklian said she will also step down as Willoughby MP and leave politics for good as soon as a byelection can take place after Sydney’s Covid lockdown.

The woman placed her flower pot at Ms Berejiklian’s gate on Friday afternoon

A police officer moves flowers outside the Northbridge home of Gladys Berejiklian

A woman delivers flowers for Gladys Berejiklian outside her Northbridge electorate office

A group of ladies rejoice outside Gladys Berejiklian’s office – with ‘We love Gladys’ signs – after her resignation was announced

An envelope from former Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove sits inside Gladys Berejiklian’s office in Northbridge

A woman delivers flowers for Gladys Berejiklian outside her Northbridge electorate office

Flowers sit inside Ms Berejiklian’s electorate office after she announced she would leave Parliament

Flowers, balloons and cards are left for Premier Gladys Berejiklian at her Willoughby home

‘I’ve had to make a difficult decision overnight,’ Ms Berejiklian said as she hastily read a prepared statement in front of the cameras before refusing to take questions.

‘It pains me to announce that I have no option but to resign from the Office of Premier’.

The NSW Liberals will now elect a new leader, with frontrunner Treasurer Dominic Perrottet saying he will talk to his family and colleagues over the weekend before deciding whether to put his hand up.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes – who has always wanted the top job – has declared he will run and Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres is also being talked about.

‘I am extremely confident that whoever succeeds me will be more than capable to continue this job.

Please give them your trust and confidence,’ Ms Berejiklian said. 

A tearful Gladys Berejiklian (pictured today) has resigned as NSW premier and slammed the state’s corruption watchdog for investigating her

The NSW corruption watchdog ICAC is investigating whether Ms Berejiklian encouraged or allowed corrupt conduct by her ex-boyfriend and former MP Daryl Maguire (pictured together)

The watchdog known as ICAC is investigating whether Ms Berejiklian encouraged or allowed corrupt conduct by her secret ex-boyfriend and former Wagga Wagga MP Mr Maguire between 2012 and 2018. 

It will also probe whether she breached public trust by not reporting any suspicion of corrupt conduct and what role she had to play in two government grants handed out in Mr Maguire’s electorate. 

An ICAC public inquiry on the matter will be held for about 10 days from October 18, overseen by Assistant Commissioner Ruth McColl SC. 

Mr Maguire is accused of abusing his public office after admitting being involved in a cash-for-visa scheme and seeking secret commissions for brokering property deals.

He was forced to resign in 2018. 

ICAC has chosen to take this action during the most challenging weeks of the most challenging times in the state’s history Gladys Berejiklian slams watchdog Ms Berejiklian – who appeared to have been crying – denied any wrongdoing and slammed the watchdog for announcing its investigation into her as the state emerges from a four-month Covid lockdown.

‘Given the Covid restrictions, my resignation as premier could not occur at a worse time, but the timing is completely outside of my control as the ICAC has chosen to take this action during the most challenging weeks of the most challenging times in the state’s history.

‘Resigning at this time is against every instinct in my being and something which I do not want to do,’ she said. 

Former ICAC lawyer Geoffrey Watson SC said the premier was wrong to criticise the timing of the watchdog’s investigation because it is meant to be totally separate from politics.

‘I don’t agree with the Premier one bit about those things that she said.

They’re entirely wrong,’ he told the ABC.

‘The most obvious level which is when would ICAC take into account political considerations like that? It’s independent. That’s the key to it. Not only that, do we relax the standards applicable to public sector officials just because of the pandemic?

I certainly hope not.’ 

Ms Berejiklian, who became premier in 2017, made history in March 2019 as the first conservative female premier to win a state election in Australia and is the Liberal Party’s second-longest serving NSW premier since Robert Askin’s decade in power from 1965 to 1975. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described her as a ‘dear friend’ and said: ‘She has displayed heroic qualities, heroic qualities as the premier of NSW.’ 

Ms Berejiklian said she had no option but to resign in her emotional 10-minute speech

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet (pictured), a conservative and devout Catholic with six children, is next in line to lead the NSW Liberal Party

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