NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay says Gladys Berejiklian's government is "rotting from the top down" and beckoning a new era of low standards.
After a week in which th premier's clandestine five-year "close personal relationship" with ex-Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire - now under the ICAC spotlight - was exposed, Ms McKay on Saturday addressed the 2020 NSW Labor convention in Sydney.
She encouraged the party's faithful to look beyond the coalition travails and remind themselves of the government's "bungled projects", a budget "propped up by easy money from privatisation" and its failure to care for the vulnerable.
But she also accused Ms Berejiklian of "turning a blind eye" to her ex-boyfriend's alleged misconduct, including using his public office for personal financial gain.
Ms McKay again called on the premier to resign.
"After a decade in power, this government is rotting from the top down," she said.
"We've heard (Ms Berejiklian) knew exactly what Daryl Maguire was doing - she knew and did nothing (and) has turned a blind eye to misconduct for six-and-a-half years.
"What we've seen this week isn't about whether Gladys Berejiklian works hard - it's actually about something far more important. It's about trust and integrity in public office and the standards we set for our government and ourselves.
"To walk past this would be to accept an impossibly low standard in government."
Ms Berejiklian has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, saying she was not aware of Mr Maguire's dealings despite ICAC-broadcast phone intercepts of their conversations.
She said she didn't take the "big talker" ex-MP seriously when he discussed his business activities with her or his attempts to clear $1.5 million in debt.
The NSW upper house on Thursday passed changes to the ministerial code of conduct barring ministers or parliamentary secretaries seeking commissions from property developers.
Ms McKay demanded the lower house this week pass them into law.
With the next state election three years off, Ms McKay also accused the NSW government of leaving the vulnerable behind in its COVID-19 pandemic response and said Labor would "paint on a new canvas" rather than uphold the status quo.
The opposition would next week introduce its "Jobs First" bill to parliament enforcing local content and construction requirements for public projects.
"Our mission will always start and finish with jobs," Ms McKay said.
Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also addressed the convention, criticising his federal counterparts and saying the Liberal Party "always revert to type".
"They think that if everybody just stands back out of the way, the market will fix everything - we in Labor know that just entrenches privilege and inequality," Mr Albanese said.
Australian Associated Press