Is Gladys just getting started? Scott Morrison hints Berejiklian could make a run for Federal Parliament as ‘she’s got a lot left to give’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hinted that outgoing NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian could make a run for federal politics.
Asked whether Ms Berejiklian may make the switch, Mr Morrison told Sunrise on Tuesday that she ‘has a lot more to contribute, I know that’.
But the PM also acknowledged Ms Berejiklian has ‘issues’ to work through.
‘I join with the many thousands if not millions of people from New South Wales who are very sad that she has had to step down,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘We have a proper selection process in our party, and there are many different ways, they don’t necessarily need to be in the Parliament.’
Ms Berejiklian announced her shock resignation on Friday after the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced it was probing her relationship with ‘dodgy’ Daryl Maguire.
Mr Morrison made similar remarks on the Kyle and Jackie O show earlier this morning, saying Ms Berejiklian has ‘a lot left in her to give’.
‘She is amazing and she has showed so much strength and character to push through all of this, dealing with all those issues while making sure NSW was not only safe but the economy moving forward,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘But she has got to deal with the issues she currently has and she has got a lot left in her to give, and I know she has enormous capability.
‘We would be happy with her with her on whatever she would like to do next, whether that is in the parliament or she might like to serve’.
The prime minister also touched on his bust up with soon to be NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet in August, after the pair clashed over Covid-19 financial support.
Mr Morrison was said to have used the F-bomb towards the NSW Treasurer in a private meeting about negotiations to upgrade payments for locked down workers across Sydney.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a ‘tired and cranky’ prime minister felt he was undermined by the Mr Perrottet, who went public about his plans to reinstate JobKeeper.
‘NSW has been one of the key champions of the national plan and they are following the plan I set out in June-July,’