Ayres cannot dodge responsibility for his role in the Barilaro affair

Ayres cannot dodge responsibility for his role in the Barilaro affair

The departure of a top public servant who ran the process that handed Barilaro a $500,000 trade commissioner job has consequences for Ayres too.

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Ayres cleared but still raining on Perrottet’s parade

Ayres cleared but still raining on Perrottet’s parade

The NSW premier is now left with an impossible choice:reinstate Stuart Ayres to cabinet or keep him on the backbench and ignore the finding that his former deputy leader did nothing wrong.

  • byAlexandra Smith
‘Emphatic exoneration’:Barilaro trade job review opens way for Ayres’ cabinet return

‘Emphatic exoneration’:Barilaro trade job review opens way for Ayres’ cabinet return

A pre-election cabinet reshuffle is the most realistic avenue for Stuart Ayres to return to the Perrottet ministry after he was cleared of wrongdoing in John Barilaro’s appointment to a US trade post.

  • byLucy Cormack andAlexandra Smith
‘Emphatic exoneration:’ Stuart Ayres cleared of wrongdoing in review of Barilaro US trade post

‘Emphatic exoneration:’ Stuart Ayres cleared of wrongdoing in review of Barilaro US trade post

Former trade minister Stuart Ayres could return to NSW cabinet after a review probing his involvement in John Barilaro’s appointment to a US trade post cleared him of any wrongdoing.

  • byLucy Cormack andAlexandra Smith
Cabinet door not closed to Stuart Ayres,says NSW Premier

Cabinet door not closed to Stuart Ayres,says NSW Premier

Dominic Perrottet has not ruled out reinstating the former trade minister,who resigned from cabinet over the Barilaro trade job saga.

  • byLucy Cormack
Perrottet caught between renewal and rats fleeing a sinking ship

Perrottet caught between renewal and rats fleeing a sinking ship

The ship of state has lost eight overboard.

  • byAlexandra Smith
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NSW has spent almost $13 million on six overseas trade offices,hearing told

NSW has spent almost $13 million on six overseas trade offices,hearing told

The trade offices have come under intense scrutiny since the controversial appointment of former deputy premier John Barilaro to the US role.

  • byLucy Cormack
‘Something has to be done’:Agent-general’s message to minister over trade job entitlements

‘Something has to be done’:Agent-general’s message to minister over trade job entitlements

A WhatsApp message from Stephen Cartwright to former trade minister Stuart Ayres outlined his concerns over expenses and living conditions.

  • byAlexandra Smith andLucy Cormack
Agent-general candidate report ‘massaged’ before Cartwright’s selection for London trade job

Agent-general candidate report ‘massaged’ before Cartwright’s selection for London trade job

A candidate panel report for the state’s most lucrative trade role had to be “massaged”,a series of new explosive emails reveal.

  • byAlexandra Smith
‘Which one’s which?’:The blurred lines between ministers and their top public servants

‘Which one’s which?’:The blurred lines between ministers and their top public servants

The inquiry has laid bare the muddied line separating the state’s most highly paid public servants and the government ministers who can hire or fire them on a whim.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
‘This isn’t great’:Private text messages revealed amid Barilaro fallout

‘This isn’t great’:Private text messages revealed amid Barilaro fallout

Taxpayers have forked out more than $80,000 on the government’s review of the controversial appointment of John Barilaro to a plum US trade post.

  • byLucy Cormack andTom Rabe