NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian faced a question time grilling in Parliament as she returned to the NSW parliament for the first time since allegations of her secret relationship with a former MP under investigation for corruption were made public.
Only yesterday did the NSW Premier reveal her clandestine relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire in the unlikely setting of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearing into his business dealings.
While there is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Ms Berejiklian according to ICAC, her judgment has been questioned - by colleagues and rivals.
Ms Berejiklian yesterday said she has no intention of standing down because she "hadn't done anything wrong" and in the first question time since allegations about her relationship with Mr Maguire were made public, she did so again.
The Premier continued to assert she had done nothing wrong and always puts the people of NSW first.
Leader of the Opposition Jodi McKay wasn't convinced and moved that the Premier no longer "enjoys the confidence of this House" and gave notice she will move a motion of no confidence against the premier.
"She turned a blind eye to corruption in her government by failing to report her knowledge of Darryl Maguire's business dealings for six and a half years, even after his resignation from parliament in July 2018," Ms McKay said.
"She failed to report a number of discussions she had with Darryl Maguire over a number years about his business dealings, including congratulating him on the amount of commission he was earning from his business deals.
"(She) failed to fulfill her legal obligations under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act to report corrupt conduct and her obligation under the Ministerial Code of Conduct to manege conflicts of interest in her government.
"(She) failed to uphold any standard of propriety across all levels of her government."
Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams, who defected from The Nationals to join the Liberal Party last month, stepped up as Speaker for the lively opening.
The Deputy Speaker remained steadfast in shutting down unsolicited comment from across the room from several MPs. In allowing the Premier to answer the Opposition's allegations, the Speaker called for the "unparliamentary conversation to cease immediately".
Several MPs were warned numerous times by Mrs Williams on points of order.
The Deputy Speaker pointed out that no notice of motion for a public interest debate was lodged.
The Opposition leader insisted the Premier answer the call about why she didn't fulfill her obligation to report Mr Maguire to ICAC.
"Given your legal obligation to report corruption under the ICAC Act why did you fail to report Darryl Maguire's actions despite knowing of his business dealings with property developers for six and a half years?" Ms McKay asked.
The Premier did not back down and welcomed the opportunity to answer the Opposition.
"The leader of the Opposition is entitled to ask me on these questions," the Premier said.
"It is in the public interest for the public to know their Premier has at all times made sure he or she has fulfilled their obligations in relation to all matters. Whether it's in the public interest, enforcing the various codes and regulations for which I'm responsible for.
"I want to state unequivocally that at all times I've acted in accordance with the highest level of those obligations...because that's what a premier does.
"Each member of this place knows his and her obligations according to their responsibilities and their interests. I think everybody would argue whether or not they choose to support me or believe me, I was full and frank in my evidence.
"I will continue to be full and frank and wish to say that at all times I have, and always will, put the public interest first."
The Opposition leader called her "delusional".
"You think if you say it, it will be true," McKay shot back.
"In 2011 I reported a number issues to ICAC and suffered personally and professionally, but I new as Member of Parliament it was the right thing to do and it was my legal obligation.
"Why did you fail to fulfill your legal obligation and report Darryl Maguire to ICAC?"
The Speaker said if the Opposition leader wanted to hear the Premier speak she must sit in silence. McKay, who was formally called out numerous times, told the Speaker she could not be stopped from asking questions.
"What I will stop you from doing is behaving like that in the Chamber - I've put you on two calls and I've asked you to hear the Premier in silence," the Deputy Speaker said.