The waiting game begins for Gladys Berejiklian

The Commission will take these submissions into account before finalizing its report, in which it can draw conclusions on the misconduct of named persons. In serious cases, it may also recommend that NSW’s Director of Public Prosecutions consider criminal charges against certain parties.

The relatively small number of witnesses and allegations in this study, compared to some high-profile and complex studies, may speed up the process.

Sophie Callan, SC, (right) represents Gladys Berejiklian at ICAC.

Sophie Callan, SC, (right) represents Gladys Berejiklian at ICAC.Credit:Kate Geraghty

“Although we will not comment specifically on cases where reports are still being prepared, the Commission considers a public inquiry to be completed on the date of receipt of final submissions from parties authorized to appear in the public inquiry,” it said. says ICAC spokeswoman.

The “business target” for completing a report after that date was two months or 60 days if the public inquiry ran for five days or less, and three months or 90 days in other cases.

Ms Berejiklian has a team of skilled lawyers acting for her, including Sydney lawyers Bret Walker, SC, and Sophie Callan, SC.

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Callan was indicted in the recent lawsuit against former NSW Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald and Mr Obeid’s son Moses. All three men have received prison sentences for their role in a conspiracy to commit dishonesty in public office in connection with a lucrative coal exploration license for the Obeid family’s Bylong Valley farm.

Ms Berejiklian’s legal team will strongly argue that no negative conclusions should be drawn about their client.

The inquiry now enters a phase where written advocacy is the key and the long wait begins.

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