NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed she was heckled in the street recently – before having a very unexpected reaction to the incident.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said she was heckled in the street by a “young kid” who yelled: “You suck!”
Ms Berejiklian told the Kyle and Jackie O radio program she took the taunt in stride.
“It’s a bit of fun,” she said, adding that such incidents were a fact of life for someone in the public spotlight.
Ms Berejiklian told the KIIS radio hosts about the heckler after radio host Jackie Henderson said she’d never met anyone who didn’t like the Premier.
“That’s not true,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The other day, someone yelled at me, it was very funny … I like to walk a lot, and it was during lunchtime in the city.
“There were hundreds of people out there and then this young kid rolls down his window and he yells, ‘Gladys you s-u-c-k’,” the Premier continued, spelling out the word suck.
“I just said to my team, ‘We’re driving on the way back.”
Ms Berejiklian was asked about a range of other topics in the lighthearted interview, including her take on alcohol and cannabis.
The Premier said she’d lived a relatively “sheltered” life and had never drunk enough alcohol to have a hangover.
“I’m just being honest, I’m kind of in the very, very, very, very, very small minority,” she said.
“Like, all my family members have had those rites of passage, which I’ve not had, because I didn’t really, it wasn’t me … I’ve been a little bit sheltered in that regard.”
She also said she hadn’t changed her views on cannabis being illegal in NSW.
Her government recently shot down a proposed new drug regime whereby the punishment for low-level drug possession would be eased.
“No, it’s status quo,” she said of her opinion on the matter.
She went on to claim that some jurisdictions that have legalised cannabis have “regretted it”, including the US state of Colorado which she said had experienced a surge in unemployment because people “are just not being productive”.
In fact, Colorado had the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the US just before the coronavirus pandemic struck, according to the Denver Post newspaper.
Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show Colorado’s unemployment rate continued on a downward trend that began before the 2012 legalisation of marijuana and only shot up in April 2020 when tough coronavirus restrictions were imposed on businesses.
Host Kyle Sandilands said he had been “doing self-exploration” on the subject of cannabis since he was 14, and invited the Premier to “spend a weekend at my joint” to try it.
“No, no,” the Premier laughed.
“Actually I have never tried it. No way.”