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Australia Barilaro convinces Berejiklian to give him a department

08:51  02 april  2020
08:51  02 april  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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Gladys Berejiklian (born 22 September 1970) is an Australian politician serving as the 45th and current Premier of New South Wales and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party

Giovanni Domenic "John" Barilaro (born 14 November 1971), an Australian politician, is the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales and the New South Wales Leader of The Nationals since November 2016.

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Deputy Premier John Barilaro has convinced the Premier to create a new department for him to cater for regional NSW in the wake of the drought, bushfires and the coronavirus health crisis.

Mr Barilaro will be responsible for the newly established Department of Regional NSW, in a move that will be seen as the Nationals leader trying to create a further split between his party and the Liberals.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian reduced the number of departments from 10 to eight after last year's state election, with senior ministers responsible for the clusters. But that will increase to nine with Mr Barilaro's department.

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Nationals leader John Barilaro hasn't always worked hand in glove with Gladys Berejiklian but on Wednesday he was vocal in his public "I don't think anyone should ever question the strength of this premier - we've got the right premier for the times leading into the next election," Mr Barilaro told AAP.

Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday she did not think the Liberals would lose any seats, with Coogee on a knife-edge with postal votes to still be counted. Nationals leader John Barilaro said he was sad to see his party lose seats and suffer swings against MPs but he noted the Coalition did get over the line.

Several government sources said Mr Barilaro had felt aggrieved that he was not a cluster minister, despite being Deputy Premier and had lobbied for his own department.

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall will be the only other minister in Mr Barilaro's cluster.

A senior government source said: "Bushfire recovery is not a National Party issue, the coronavirus is not a National Party issue, these are state issues. When we are in the thick of it, it is Gladys fronting the media and making decisions with all her colleagues who are Liberals and Nationals."

Another senior Liberal said: "In this current environment with the coronavirus we should be letting the Premier get on with the job, not allowing John Barilaro to interfere behind the scenes to build his fiefdom. This needs a whole of government approach."

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Mr Barilaro 's boss, Gladys Berejiklian , agreed with Mr Turnbull and hung him out to dry on Friday morning. 'Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has my 'Mr Barilaro has expressed a personal view which I do not share. Mr Barilaro is well aware of my position.' Ms Berejiklian said she looked forward to

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But Mr Barilaro, who has been very vocal about not allowing "city moderates" to treat the regions like "second-class citizens", said the department would be a crucial voice for people in the bush.

"We know that the issues faced by the people of Cootamundra are very different to those faced in Coogee and so it is imperative we have a government designed to properly support every corner of this state," he said.

"The new Department of Regional NSW will be a voice in government for people in the bush and will have a laser-like focus on the challenges and opportunities unique to regional communities, helping them to get through hardships many of us have not seen in our time."

However, another senior MP said the new department gave Mr Barilaro "status without the workload".

Mr Barilaro said the department would bring together primary industries, Local Land Services, resources and geoscience to form a crucial central agency.

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Mr Barilaro said he wasn't speaking out to endorse Labor leader Bill Shorten, but because Australians were desperate for leadership. Mr Turnbull brushed off the comments and denied his time was running out. He suggested the deputy premier made those comments to 'ingratiate' himself with Jones and to

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"We are urgently responding to the desperate needs of people in the regions and this new agency will work to ensure community wellbeing, resilient economies and strong key regional industries," he said.

Tensions have been increasingly bitter in recent months between the Coalition partners, with clashes over environment policy, especially around bushfire management and hazard reduction.

Mr Barilaro also enraged senior Liberal ministers when he said his party would support a One Nation bill to allow nuclear power in NSW. One minister threatened to quit cabinet over the issue.

But Mr Barilaro has since walked back his party's support for it.

"I've since then had to pull that back to the point where I'll have to go through the National party room, the parliamentary team, before we get to that position," Mr Barilaro told a budget estimates hearing last month.

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