John Barilaro breaks silence over clash with cameraman
Former deputy premier John Barilaro has broken his silence after a video emerged of an altercation with a cameraman on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Ben Fordham has been sent footage of the incident which occurred outside a Manly bar on Saturday night.
The video is being investigated by police.
Mr Barilaro told Ben Fordham he wants to give evidence to the Parliamentary inquiry examining the Trade Commissioner’s role.
“I’ve stayed quiet during this whole ordeal.
“I’m being absolutely intruded on and harrassed … the media at the forefront.”
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Former Member for Monaro and friend of Mr Barilaro, Peter Cochran, told Ben Fordham “John Barilaro is a private citizen who has committed no offence”. (See full statement below)
Nationals MP Wes Fang told Ben he agrees with Mr Cochran.
“This is getting out of control.
He says Labor needs to stop blocking Mr Barilaro from pleading his case at the inquiry.
“Give John the chance to speak.”
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Peter Cochran’s full statement:
“John Barilaro is a private citizen who has committed no offence.
He’s being denied his freedom and is being harassed by the media.
This will push him to the edge like it did with GLADYS.
The media needs to back off.”