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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigns

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New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has resigned in response to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announcement she was the subject of an investigation

Her resignation follows the ICAC announcing it is investigating her over breaches of public trust between 2012 and 2018.

“My resignation as premier could not occur at a worse time, but the timing is completely outside of my control. The ICAC has chosen to take this action during the most challenging weeks of the most challenging times in the state’s history,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Resigning at this time is against every instinct in my being and something which I do not want to do.”

Ms Berejiklian has previously come under public scrutiny after she revealed to an ICAC inquiry that she had a “close personal relationship” with former MP Darryl Maguire, who is currently under investigation by the ICAC.

“I was advised late yesterday afternoon that the Independent Commission Against Corruption will release a statement today stating they are investigating me relating to matters involving the former Member for Wagga Wagga,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“As it is clear from the ICAC statement, these are historic matters and I have already been subjected to numerous attacks by my opponents in the last 12 months.”

Ms Berejiklian said she has no choice but to resign, to ensure public trust isn’t breached while the investigation is ongoing.

The ICAC will begin hearings into potential breaches of public trust in relation to her dealings with Mr Maguire on the 18th of October.

The Premier will be questioned in relation to grants awarded to projects in Mr Maguire’s former seat of Wagga Wagga.

The ICAC is investigating whether the Premier’s failure to report potential corrupt conduct by Mr Maguire constitutes breaches of public trust, and whether there was a conflict of interest when she awarded grants in the Wagga Wagga electorate.

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New research reveals simple routines to combat aging and promote healthy skin

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The essential role of nutrition, lifestyle, and wellness in skin health and aging

 

Recent research underscores the critical link between our diet and skin health, suggesting that certain foods can significantly improve skin conditions. These findings highlight the importance of dietary adjustments to promote healthier skin and prevent common skin issues.

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Harris takes aim at Trump, links him to Project 2025

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Kamala Harris, in her inaugural presidential campaign rally, launched a scathing critique linking former President Donald Trump to Project 2025.

As Kamala Harris kicks off her campaign for the Presidential election, she’s taken aim at Donald Trump and the so called Project 2025.

The Vice President told a crowd in Indianapolis that Project 2025 aims to “take us backward.” #featured #trending

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President Biden says it’s time to ‘pass the torch’

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President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he is “passing the torch to a new generation” as he explained his abrupt departure from the 2024 presidential race to Americans for the first time, in an Oval Office address capping over 50 years in politics.

“I revere this office,” Biden said. “But I love my country more.”

Biden, 81, rebuffed weeks of pressure from Democrats to step aside after a disastrous debate performance on June 27, saying at one point that only the “Lord Almighty” could convince him to go.

Unite the nation

“I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. That is the best way to unite our nation,” Biden said.

Biden made his decision after days of soul-searching and agonizing over internal polling that predicted he could lose against Republican Donald Trump in November and drag down fellow Democrats with him.

“The great thing about America is here, kings and dictators do not rule. The people do. History is in your hands. The power is in your hands. The idea of America – lies in your hands,” Biden will say, according to the speech excerpts.

It will be Biden’s first extended public remarks since he relented to pressure from fellow Democrats and announced on Sunday via social media that he had decided not to seek reelection on Nov. 5.

Biden is the first incumbent president not to seek reelection since 1968 when Lyndon Johnson, under fire for his handling of the Vietnam War, abruptly pulled out of the campaign on March 31.

Biden also joins James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman as presidents who all decided not to stand for a second elected term.

Biden faced calls to step aside after his rocky performance in the debate against Trump raised troubling questions about his mental acuity.

Since he stepped aside, however, Democrats have rallied around him, paying tribute to his character and his record as president.

Watching together

A crowd of staff walked into the White House earlier in the evening to watch the speech together. An official said a reception and “viewing party” were being held across the White House’ state floor for Biden’s address.

The White House has denied that Biden has any cognitive issues despite a recent increase in verbal slipups.

Biden said he will focus on his job as president over his remaining six months in office. He is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday on efforts to negotiate a Gaza ceasefire.

It was the fourth time Biden used the formal setting of the Oval Office since taking office in 2021. His last Oval Office speech was on July 15 when he urged Americans to cool the political rhetoric after the attempted assassination of Trump.

Biden’s political career began when he was elected to the Senate in 1972 at age 29, becoming the sixth youngest U.S. senator. He will conclude his White House tenure on Jan. 20, 2025, as the oldest American president when he will have already turned 82.

“The defense of democracy is more important than any title,” Biden said. “I draw strength, and find joy, in working for the American people. But this sacred task of perfecting our Union is not about me. It’s about you. Your families. Your futures. It’s about ‘We the People.’”

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