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Position ‘not tenable’: John Barilaro quits role as US trade commissioner

Position ‘not tenable’: John Barilaro quits role as US trade commissioner

Former deputy premier John Barilaro has quit his role as trade commissioner.

  • by Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack

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Stuart Ayres received cabinet approval to keep trade roles as public service appointments

Stuart Ayres received cabinet approval to keep trade roles as public service appointments

NSW Trade Minister Stuart Ayres received the approval of cabinet to keep overseas trade commissioners as public service appointments, in a bid to keep the roles at arm’s length from politicians.

  • by Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack
NSW must rethink its flood strategy after Lismore failures
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NSW floods

NSW must rethink its flood strategy after Lismore failures

Floods are likely to grow in severity as a result of climate change, so it is vital that the NSW is prepared.

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John Barilaro to start as US trade commissioner in less than two weeks

John Barilaro to start as US trade commissioner in less than two weeks

The former deputy premier will start his New York job on July 12, as an inquiry revealed a chosen candidate was dumped after cabinet agreed to change the rules.

  • by Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack
Barilaro saga is an own goal for Perrottet government

Barilaro saga is an own goal for Perrottet government

On Wednesday, the public servant who handed the former Nationals leader a plum new job in New York sat down to address a parliamentary inquiry. What emerged next was extraordinary.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Government told bureaucrat to rescind verbal offer for US trade role, inquiry told

Government told bureaucrat to rescind verbal offer for US trade role, inquiry told

Chief executive of Investment NSW Amy Brown is the first witness to give evidence to the upper house inquiry examining Barilaro’s controversial appointment to the US $500,000-a-year job, which he created as trade minister.

  • by Lucy Cormack
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Senior bureaucrat feared ministers ‘messing with due process’ of trade posts, emails show

Senior bureaucrat feared ministers ‘messing with due process’ of trade posts, emails show

An incoming secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet urged bureaucrats to finalise the appointments of trade commissioners before politicians could intervene.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Premier discussed John Barilaro’s job application in social setting

Premier discussed John Barilaro’s job application in social setting

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says John Barilaro told him he was intending to apply for the US trade commissioner role in a “social setting” after the former deputy premier left parliament.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Stuart Ayres met top picks for trade posts, internal emails reveal

Stuart Ayres met top picks for trade posts, internal emails reveal

Internal emails show the ad hoc nature of the recruitment process for six overseas trade commissioner roles that has come to light amid the scandal around John Barilaro’s appointment.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Top public servant contacted by woman who missed out on US trade role

Top public servant contacted by woman who missed out on US trade role

Jenny West requested a meeting and expressed concerns about how she had been treated. Her email was referred to Investment NSW.

  • by Lucy Cormack and Chris Roots
Star inquiry: What we heard and where to next

Star inquiry: What we heard and where to next

After 36 online hearings, more than 30 witnesses and hours of off-camera deliberations, an inquiry will now determine if Sydney’s Star casino is suitable to hold a licence.

  • by Lucy Cormack