NSW Deputy Premier and National Party leader John Barillaro has announced his resignation from politics on 4 October after five years of leadership.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Barillaro dismissed rumors that he would run for federal election and said he would quit politics altogether.
“I am going to keep a close eye on politics, but am not a participant,” he said.
“I’ll make it clear now, so I don’t have to answer this question later – I have no intention and no intention of running for Monaro or federal politics. I’m leaving politics and I’m looking forward to a new career.” I’ve been.”
barillaro said His defamation case with YouTuber Jordan Shanks – known for the FriendlyJordies Youtube channel – and Google was a “big reason” for his resignation.
Describing the case as unreliable, the deputy premier said he had to defend himself from despicable and racist attacks in a social media setting. Barillaro said that as a child of migrant parents, he clearly understood racism.
“It was very difficult this year,” he said, noting that he would prefer to continue the defamation case privately.
Barillaro said that Berejiklian’s sudden resignation on 1 October had “played no role in the decision I made” and that he was prompted to resign following the resignation of Roads and Transport Minister Andrew Constance.
“I have been thinking about this for a while. I had another date on my mind, not too far away, but I just think about the opportunities that have arisen now,” he said.
Meanwhile, Youtuber Jordan Shanks released a Statement On Twitter that pushed back Barillaro’s claims and announced that the deputy premier had defamed him.
“John Barillaro has the courage to use his last press conference to defame me as a racist. That in itself is a sordid and offensive allegation about me that anyone following these issues can directly see is,” Shanks’ statement read.
Barillaro’s resignation comes after Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigned on 1 October, when it was announced that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) would launch an investigation into the premier.
Currently, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrot is set to replace Berejiklian, with Barillaro declaring that he truly believes he will do an excellent job if Perrott is supported as the new premier.
As we exit the lockdown, we must accept this time as a fresh start for our state, and welcome the opportunity that it presents for a refreshment.
I have decided that now is the right time for me to hand over the reins of new leadership and to resign as Deputy Prime Minister of NSW. pic.twitter.com/MeWBWMR38P
— John Barilaro MP (@JohnBarilaroMP) 3 October 2021
With regard to potential candidates for the leader of the national party, he stated that: “I serve with incredible people, and anyone can take this position.”
Barillaro said there was never a right or wrong time to leave politics and felt it would be “inappropriate” to take oath in a new cabinet with a new prime minister and “only to part ways after weeks”.
“Serving as the Deputy Prime Minister of NSW, as the leader of the NSW Citizens and as a member of MONARO has been an honor and privilege of a lifetime.
“I will call a meeting of the party room for this Wednesday 6 October where I will formally resign as leader and demand a ballot for a new leader.”
The state will now face at least two by-elections in both the seat of Monaro and Willoughby-Berejiklian.
AAP contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times