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We have friends in Australia so we found this interesting. We saw a link on Twitter which seemed to indicate that Gladys Berejiklian had resigned because (it was claimed) she had been directed by lobbyists who had been paid 10s of millions of dollars by AstraZeneca and Pfizer to drive policy. We looked on Reuters to find that the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) had said:
“ICAC on Friday said the scope of its investigation had widened and includes whether between 2012 and 2018 Berejiklian “engaged in conduct that constituted or involved a breach of public trust by exercising public functions in circumstances where she was in a position of conflict between her public duties and her private interest” as she was in a personal relationship with the then NSW MP Daryl Maguire.”
Is this another example of Twitter enabling conspiracy theories, or the media reporting what they are told? We don’t know, but the two sides are vastly different, which means we should be careful before believing what we read!