A morning news conference by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was cut short after being dramatically interrupted by news of a major disaster in central Sydney.
Ms Berejiklian called one of her regular news conferences to brief media representatives on her strategy for combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of potential new strains of the virus. (main picture)
In an unusual move, Ms Berejiklian delivered her opening remarks in song, namely a rendition of French songstress Edith Piaf’s 1960s hit Non, Je ne regerette rien.
She accompanied her singing with a series of gymnastic moves illustrating what she explained in preliminary remarks as her “gold standard” record of fighting the coronavirus.
The Premier stopped her physical routine to lean into the lectern microphone and eyeball reporters when she reached the lines:
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n’ai plus besoin d’eux
Balayé les amours
Translated, the lines are: My troubles, my pleasures/I don’t need them anymore/I’ve swept away past loves.
As she resumed her routine, reporters began speculating among themselves if the Premier’s dramatic delivery of the lines were a pointed reference to her affair with a former government MP Daryl Maguire.
However, the news conference itself was interrupted by reporters’ mobile phones ringing with news of an emergency in the Sydney CBD.
Ms Berejiklian’s staff also received the news at the same time and interrupted her routine to quickly brief her on what they knew of events at that stage.
The Premier then explained to reporters that an entire building, No.2 Holt Street at Surry Hills, had apparently and mysteriously attempted a backflip, causing severe damage but luckily no loss of life. (pictured)
She then left the news conference to go directly to the scene and speak with emergency services personnel on site.