Text Messages reveal Amy Brown’s reaction to the launching of John Barilaro's inquiry

Text Messages reveal Amy Brown’s reaction to the launching of John Barilaro’s inquiry

Former Australian politician Giovanni Domenic “John” Barilaro led the New South Wales branch of the National Party from 2016 to 2021 while serving as the 18th deputy premier of New South Wales.

Text messages show Amy Brown’s response to the John Barilaro investigation being launched: “This isn’t great.”

New documents reveal that the independent investigation formed by the premier of New South Wales, Dominic Perrottet, to look into the appointment of John Barilaro to a lucrative trade job in New York City lacks the authority to look into the conduct of government ministers.

According to the most recent documents provided to the parliament on Wednesday, Amy Brown, the head of Investment NSW, wrote “this isn’t fantastic” in response to the news that an upper house probe had been opened investigating Barilaro’s appointment.

Following its announcement in late June, the outcry against the New York trade nomination turned into a significant source of distraction for the Perrottet administration.

Perrottet hired former public service commissioner Graeme Head to conduct a second independent evaluation while the state’s upper chamber began an investigation.

Although Head’s conclusions have not yet been made public, Stuart Ayres resigned last week from his positions as deputy leader of the Liberal Party and as a member of the cabinet due to worries that his interactions with Brown regarding the appointment may have violated the ministerial code of conduct. Ayres claims he didn’t break the code.

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“Is there a form of words we can add on background that describes what the inquiry isn’t – ie, it doesn’t have the power to examine ministerial conduct?” a staffer wrote.

The statement “may emphasize that the inquiry may only examine into concerns connected to the governance of a government sector agency,” a colleague retorted.

The documents also demonstrate that senior government employees were worried about the independent upper house investigation into the post.

After the investigation was started in late June, Brown texted Department of Premier and Cabinet Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter on June 20 with a link to a news report regarding the investigation.

“This isn’t great,” she wrote.

Coutts-Trotter responded: “No, but utterly predictable”.

The texts show Brown asked to “talk it through” with Coutts-Trotter. Of hiring Barilaro, she wrote: “technically it was my decision”.


Perrottet and the deputy premier, Paul Toole, were claimed to be “content” with the decision to grant Barilaro the New York Post, and they reportedly encouraged the agency to move forward with the appointment in an earlier text message exchange between the two senior public workers.

FYI – I’ve been told that Premier and DP are comfortable with the appointment of Barilaro as [senior trade commissioner] to the Americas, and requested to get on with formalizing the arrangements,” Brown wrote in a message to Coutts-Trotter on 6 May.

“Righto,” he replied.

The upper house investigation will resume on Friday when Barilaro will provide testimony once more.

He revealed he discussed his desire to seek the position with Perrottett, who advised him to “go for it,” in his eagerly awaited appearance before the committee on Monday.

Perrottet claimed on Tuesday that if he had known about the “problematic” hiring procedure that has caused his administration so much trouble over the past seven weeks, he would have advised Barilaro not to apply for the position.

The office of Perrottet has been contacted for comment.

John Barilaro Age, Family, and Early Life

John Barilaro is a 50 years old man. Barilaro was born to Italian immigrants from Calabria in Queanbeyan. He was born in the year 1971 on 14 November.

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Early in 2020, Domenico, Barilaro’s father, passed away. In December 2020, COVID-19 killed Barilaro’s aunt Maria Inzillo and her husband Damiani Nesci.

John Barilaro Career, What is his profession?

Former Australian politician Giovanni Domenic “John” Barilaro led the National Party’s New South Wales branch from 2016 to 2021 while serving as the state’s 18th deputy premier. He served as the second Berejiklian ministry’s Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry, and Trade beginning in April 2019 and as a legislator for the Monaro electoral district in New South Wales from 2011 until his departure in October 2021.

From October 2014 to March 2019, Barilaro held the positions of minister for regional development, small business, and skills in the administrations of the first Berejiklian and second Baird, as well as minister for regional tourism in the first Baird administration. It was “the proper time for me to hand the reins over,” he said in his retirement announcement in October 2021 from his positions as deputy premier, leader of the national party, and representative for Monaro.

He is also known for referring Jordan Shanks and a producer to the NSW Police Fixated Persons Unit, which led to the producer, Kristo Langker, being arrested on stalking charges that were later dropped in March 2022. The defamation lawsuit was brought against Shanks for his YouTube channel, friendlyjordies, and google as the publisher of the videos. As a result of the defamation action, Shanks apologized to Barilaro in 2021 and edited portions of the films, and Google was mandated to pay him $715,000 in damages.

John Barilaro Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The estimated net worth of John Barilaro is $4 million. His annual compensation is approximately $418,000.

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Which school did he go to? What was his major?

Talking about the details on the educational background of Gord Lewis, the high school he attended and the university he graduated from are all under reviewed.

John Barilaro Wife, Is he dating/married? Any children?

Barilaro announced his divorce from Deanna, his wife of 26 years, in October 2021. Together, they had three daughters.

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In December 2021, it became known that Barilaro was dating Jennifer Lugsdin, his ‘uber-loyalist’ former longtime media adviser.

His social media reach.

John Barilaro is on Instagram as @john_barilaromp.

John Barilaro’s Height, Weight, Sexual orientation, Body.

HeightN / A
WeightN /A
Hair ColorGrey
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about John Barilaro’s which you should be known about.

Zodiac signScorpio
Relationship statusDating