Gladys Berejiklian’s youngest sister, Mary, has cheered on a scathing op-ed that tears apart Lisa Wilkinson, host of The Project, over her opinion of the former prime minister.
A column written by Joe Aston for the Australian Financial Review last week said Ms Wilkinson “owed Glads Berejiklian an apology” after the Ten Network personality repeatedly criticized the previous NSW leader’s handling of the recent Covid-19 outbreak.
Mr Aston wondered why the television host was complaining about the closure of her ‘Sydney Harbor mansion’.
Ms Berejiklian – who otherwise kept her mum about her sister’s plight – “celebrated” Mr Aston’s criticism of Wilkinson after he posted it on LinkedIn last week.
Gladys Berejiklian is pictured with her youngest sister Mary. The AFR recently published an opinion piece saying that the project’s host, Lisa Wilkinson, should “apologise” Gladys for her criticism of her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mary Berejiklian ‘celebrated’ a post from columnist Joe Aston’s op-ed that tore Lisa Wilkinson
Mr Aston’s piece came about prior to the publication of Ms Wilkinson’s new memoir It was not intended to be, which Mr Aston claimed would be no explanation for her “gratuitous tirades” against Ms Berejiklian.
“From her mansion on Sydney Harbor and while continuing her high-paying TV duties uninterrupted, Wilkinson denounced Berejiklian for not more ruthlessly curtailing the freedoms of the city’s residents,” Aston wrote.
“It remains unclear which ‘people’ Wilkinson claimed to be speaking for, but it certainly wasn’t the hundreds of thousands of low-income workers already suffocating in their tiny apartments with their kids, homeschooling for five weeks and climbing the walls.”
Ms Wilkinson claimed Ms Berejiklian had been too ‘soft’ in her response, instead praising Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews’ crackdown, despite the number of cases in the state now breaking daily records.
Mr Aston noted that Gladys had dragged NSW from ‘hopeless captivity to a semi-normal life’ and added residents should be grateful.
Mary’s reaction to the play wasn’t the first time she’d stood up for her sister.
The op-ed came ahead of the release of Ms Wilkinson’s (pictured) new memoir It Wasn’t Meant To Be, which Mr Aston said would be no explanation for her “gratuitous tirades” against Ms Berejiklian.
Two years ago, when Ms. Berejiklian was coping with social media abuse, Mary intervened and fired several responses to the trolls.
She told someone who complained that the former prime minister would “kill live music” to “relax and go read something.”
Another person who commented below the prime minister’s photo by saying she ‘sucks’ was told by her younger sister: ‘Grow some pubic hair and we can talk’.
Mary famously revealed her sister to be in a relationship with esteemed lawyer Arthur Moses on Instagram.
As for Wilkinson, she was a fierce critic of Ms Berejiklian – demanding she resign in August, calling her leadership a “garbage can.”
“The whole state needs a complete reset and if Gladys Berejiklian can’t handle the job then she needs to step aside and make room for someone who can, because she’s packed this,” Ms Wilkinson told The Projection.
Wilkinson urged the state to pursue a tougher lockdown.
Ms Wilkinson aimed for Ms Berejiklian’s ‘soft’ approach to the Covid-19 outbreak. Gladys is pictured with sisters Rita (left) and Mary (right)
During her scathing August segment, Wilkinson focused on Ms. Berejiklian’s “unwatchable” daily press conferences.
“On a day when NSW records the highest number of pandemics, another family mourns a loved one, and Gladys Berejiklian is not imposing any new restrictions,” Ms Wilkinson said.
She’s not doing anything, the soft lockdown continues and we’re all scratching our heads trying to figure out if she’s not going to do anything anymore, why is she continuing with the same rhetoric?
“That light she can see at the end of the tunnel, we can all see that too — it’s a complete garbage can fire. And someone else has to intervene.’
Wilkinson also said Sydney should “apologise” for unleashing the Covid-19 outbreak on the nation and ultimately for plunging Victoria into yet another lockdown.
“Many of us in Sydney feel we should apologize to you because this is all because of what happened about six weeks ago,” she told The Project in early August.
“The problem was the coverage from the start.”
She claimed the key moment to get the outbreak under control was missed when Ms Berejiklian resisted the lockdown until June 26, 10 days after the current outbreak started when an airline limousine driver in Bondi tested positive.
“We’ve all become experts, but when I see this happen, it really feels like the problem magazines are going back to the original mixed messages with a closing that wasn’t hard enough,” she said.
“People wanted the hard lockdown. We wanted to know what the rules were so we can follow them and get out of it quickly.
“But Victoria continues to prove every time that as soon as you get an outbreak there, you press it and you get back to normal life.
“It’s just a shame it’s happening to you now for the sixth time.”
Mary Berejiklian famously revealed that her older sister was in a relationship with esteemed lawyer Arthur Moses