A Labor MP has revealed she 'feels sorry' for Gladys Berejiklian after her personal relationship with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire was laid bare.
The embattled New South Wales Premier has faced calls to resign after her knowledge of her former lover's shady business dealings came into question at an ICAC inquiry this week.
But former Deputy Leader of the Labor Party Tanya Plibersek has come to Ms Berejiklian's defence, saying personal lives are difficult to maintain as a politician.
'I feel actually, as a human being, very personally sorry for the premier,' Ms Plibersek told the ABC’s Insiders program.
Federal Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek (pictured) has revealed she 'feels sorry' for the NSW Premier after the details of her intimate relationship with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire were laid bare this week
'It is hard to form and maintain relationships in our line of work.'
Ms Plibersek refused to answer comments on whether the premier should step down, but said 'there was never any excuse for corrupt behaviour or turning a blind eye to corrupt behaviour'.
'Any sort of impropriety should be properly investigated by ICAC and if it is referred to the police, by the police or the courts,' she said.
'It doesn‘t matter who the person is, it doesn’t matter their gender, it doesn’t matter if we like the person or feel sorry for them.'
Ms Plibersek, who served as the Deputy Leader for six years until stepping down last year, also slammed the proposed federal integrity commission model.
'My concern is why don’t we have a national integrity commission, a similar anti-corruption body at a federal level?' she said.
Ms Berejiklian had a close personal relationship with Daryl Maguire (pictured together)
'It can only look at behaviour that has happened after the laws have passed and the body is set up. It can’t look at things off its own bat. It can’t accept referrals from whistleblowers ... I mean, what a joke.'