Australia NSW Minister Eleni Petinos sacked by Premier Dominic Perrottet after anonymous complaint by staffer
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The New South Wales Minister for Small Business and Fair Trading, Eleni Petinos, has been sacked, plunging the State Government further into crisis.
The Premier has dumped the Miranda MP from state cabinet, a day after returning from an overseas trade trip.
On Friday, it was revealed an anonymous complaint had been made by a staffer from Ms Petinos' office, reportedly alleging bullying.
The Minister denied any wrongdoing, releasing a statement saying "I reject any allegations of improper conduct".
Ayres quits over Barilaro US job scandal
NSW Trade Minister Stuart Ayres has quit after a review into the John Barilaro US job saga "demonstrated the process was not at arm's length", the premier says.Premier Dominic Perrottet said the resignation followed a briefing he received from the Department of Premier and Cabinet on Tuesday.
Speaking from India, the Premier confirmed an investigation had taken place into the complaint but he was satisfied with the outcome.
The Premier now says her position has become untenable.
"Today I spoke with the Minister for Small Business and Fair Trading Eleni Petinos after some further matters concerning her were brought to my attention," the Premier said in a statement.
"In light of these matters, Ms Petinos' service as a Minister will cease with immediate effect, and I will write to the Governor in this regard tomorrow."
Ms Petinos was elevated to the Ministry in December last year, as one of three new Liberal women promoted to cabinet.
The Premier has now lost one of the seven Coalition women in his 26-person cabinet.
Ayres exit prompts Perrottet reshuffle
Premier Dominic Perrottet has named Alister Henskens the new NSW trade minister in changes sparked by the resignation of Stuart Ayres.Mr Ayres stood down as a minister and deputy Liberal leader on Wednesday over his involvement in the controversial appointment of John Barilaro to a plum US posting.
Her sacking comes as the Trade Minister, Stuart Ayres, has been under increasing pressure over the former Deputy Premier, John Barilaro's appointment to a lucrative trade role in New York.
Documents released publicly to the parliament, have called into question his involvement in the recruitment process and whether he misled parliament.
Mr Ayres, who is also the deputy Liberal leader, maintains the process was conducted at arm's length from Government and the Premier is standing by his Minister.
Ms Petinos has been the member for Miranda since 2015.
The Customer Service Minister, Victor Dominello, will take over her ministerial responsibilities.
"Tonight, the Premier informed me I would no longer be a Minister in his Government," she said.
"I would never intentionally offend anyone or make them feel uncomfortable, and if I did I am truly sorry."
She says she intends to stay on as the member for Miranda.
"I pursue politics to make a positive difference," she said.
"I am proud of my work while I served the people of NSW as Minister for Small Business and Minister for Fair Trading."
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David Elliott and Matt Kean are emerging as the frontrunners to replace Stuart Ayres following the resignation of the NSW deputy Liberal leader.Elliott is set to take on Treasurer Matt Kean in the contest for the role after the former trade minister resigned on Wednesday over his potential involvement in the John Barilaro trade job fiasco.