“ICAC Gatekeeping & Gaslighting The GirlBoss!” The Media Reacts To Gladys’ Resignation

“ICAC Gatekeeping & Gaslighting The GirlBoss!” The Media Reacts To Gladys’ Resignation
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Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as Premier of New South Wales has divided Australian journalists and media personalities and sent Twitter into overdrive. 

Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree after Berejiklian announced her resignation with media personalities and journalists weighing in and in-fighting. Some argued it was a feminist issue, others argued it was fair, and many showed their support for the ex-premier, seemingly dismissing the claims of potential corruption.

While it’s nothing new for people to disagree about politics, Berkiljlian’s resignation hit a chord, and not just the usual suspects commented on her stepping down. Perhaps it’s partly because she’s a woman and now, depressingly, a sea of men will fight to replace Berejiklian. Her resignation hit social media hard, with many expressing their love for her. 

Berejiklian stepped down as Premier last Friday in light of the Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announcing it was investigating her, over her relationship with ex-MP Daryl Maguire. 

Berejiklian, of course, became a daily fixture in NSW residents’ lives, because of the pandemic. Berejiklian gave daily COVID-19 updates at 11 am and arguably became a figure of comfort in uncertain times, constantly promising a return to normalcy. 

Naturally, the politician also became the inspiration for endless memes, TikToks and Tweets.

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While no politician has survived the pandemic without being criticised, Berejiklian remained relatively well favoured throughout, even Rupert Murdoch seemed to be a fan. At least the coverage by his newspapers would suggest that. 

According to news.com.au, data from Newspoll found that in July 2020, 68 per cent of respondents said she did fairly or very well, in her handling of the pandemic. However, by September this year, that percentage had taken a dive with only 56 per cent of respondents happy with her leadership. 

Still, it was a shock when she resigned on Friday. 

Berejiklian said: “Resigning at this time is against every instinct in my body.

“I love my job, and I love serving the community but I have been given no option following the statement that’s been issued today.”

Arguably, what was more interesting was how her resignation divided the media online. While many kept a neutral approach, others openly shared their disappointment that Berejiklian had been forced to resign, which created a buzz on Twitter.

Everyone from actor Russell Crowe to respected ABC reporter Louise Milligan weighed in. 

Perhaps, most interestingly, many Twitter users drew a very long bow between Christian Porter still being in parliament, while Berejiklian in her own words, “Given, no option.” A tweet went viral making that comparison.

The feminist commenter, Clementine Ford also weighed in on her Instagram, the post received over 100,000 thousand views.

Ford said: “In my view, there are feminist aspects to the issue, and to the resignation, but I don’t feel like saying goodbye to a woman in power, if that woman exercises bad policies is a bad thing.”

It wasn’t just individuals that weighed in, Publication, Mamamia, even expressed sadness that Berejiklian was leaving. On Instagram, Mamamia wrote, “We’ll miss you, Gladys.”

 

No matter what way you see it, losing a Premier during a time of crisis, isn’t exactly the comforting news Aussies need right now.

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