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I stuffed up, too: a paragon of virtue submits to the blowtorch

It is often difficult for a paragon of virtue to admit their failings. But the trevails of Premier Gladys Berejiklian are a timely reminder that it is sometimes well to apply the blowtorch to one’s own standards. Even if the misdemeanors of a Sydney mum like myself are vastly less consequential and possibly subject to self-censoring. Here’s my attempt, Berejiklian-style:

On personal grooming: Yes, I wash every day and brush my teeth and I do wear mostly clean clothes, although anything can happen between the time I put them on and the moment I walk out the front door, and that’s just life. It’s messy and nobody can foresee these things. I cannot know who will contaminate me with grubby hands before I head out the door. I trust other people to keep their hands clean and that’s my fault. I’m too trusting. I’ve had a relationship with these people for a long time. In fact, I gave birth to them. And when they sully my outfit I can’t tell you how let down I feel.

"I'm human and I stuffed up in my personal life." NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a press conference to explain her decisions immediately after giving evidence to ICAC.

“I’m human and I stuffed up in my personal life.” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a press conference to explain her decisions immediately after giving evidence to ICAC.Credit:Jessica Hromas

I also admit that I’ve often stuffed up in not brushing my hair, and this is unacceptable. Why don’t I make a habit of brushing it before I leave the house? That’s a really good question and, look, I separate my house self from my outing self and sometimes my house self does trespass into my outside life and that’s lamentable. And let’s just say that if I had known in 2018 what I know now about combustible materials, I would never have worn that wig.

On wearing a mask on public transport: Yes, I do wear a mask on public transport, in theory. However, I acknowledge that my behaviour has not lived up to my own ideals on occasion … frequently … invariably … every time except once. But I do support the use of masks on public transport and I would be the first to admit that I am more than human – by which I mean, not exactly superhuman, possibly flawed superhuman, that’s for others to say, but definitely a person with human qualities and superhuman aspirations. And next time I hop on a bus I will remember to pack my mask.

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