John Barilaro to resign as Deputy Premier of NSW

It seems that New South Wales is destined for a whole new state leadership team, with Deputy Premier John Barilaro set to resign as well.

It follows the resignation of Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who stepped down from the role on Friday pending an investigation by the state’s corruption watchdog.

The Nationals leader has now made his intentions to resign public today and will call a Nationals party room meeting for Wednesday.


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“As we emerge from lockdown, we must embrace this time as a new beginning for our State, and welcome the opportunity it presents for a refresh,” John Barilaro said in a statement on Monday.

“I have decided now is the right time for me to hand the reins over to new leadership, and resign as Deputy Premier of NSW.

“Serving as Deputy Premier of NSW, as Leader of the NSW Nationals and as the Member for Monaro has been the honour and privilege of a lifetime,” the statement reads.

While the Liberals are set to meet tomorrow to determine their new leader, with reports a deal has been struck for current Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to take the role.

It would see Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres take the role of Deputy Liberal Leader.

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