Trade Minister Stuart Ayres resigns
Trade Minister Stuart Ayres has resigned to allow a full investigation into his role in the John Barilaro saga.
The NSW Premier has announced an investigation will be held into whether Mr Ayres has breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
It follows an inquiry into the appointment of John Barilaro to the New York Trade Commissioner role.
Breaking – my tip is that Stuart Ayres is set to resign to allow a full investigation into his role in the John Barilaro affair.
— Ben Fordham (@BenFordham) August 2, 2022
Mr Ayres maintains he has done no wrong.
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Stuart Ayres’ full statement:
“Last night, I read a section of the independent review being conducted by Graeme Head. This section is relevant to my role as Minister. It creates a question as to whether I breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
“In my view, no such breach has occurred. However, I agree it is important that this matter is investigated appropriately and support the Premier’s decision to do so.
“I have always applied the highest levels of integrity in my conduct as a Minister.
“To maintain the integrity of the Cabinet, I have decided to resign as a Minister to allow the investigation to be completed. Accordingly, I will also be resigning as the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party.
“I believe I have always acted in accordance with the Ministerial Code of Conduct and in the best interests of the people of NSW. I will continue to serve my community as the passionate Member for Penrith.”
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