Report into appointment of John Barilaro to NY trade job finds process was 'flawed'

16/08/2022 8:33:00 AM

Premier Dominic Perrottet has described the 'findings and entire process' of John Barilaro's appointment to a plum US trade job as 'incredibly disappointing'. #9News

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Premier Dominic Perrottet has described the 'findings and entire process' of John Barilaro's appointment to a plum US trade job as 'incredibly disappointing'. 9News

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the "findings and entire process" of the recruitment of the former deputy premier as US trade commissioner has been "incredibly disappointing".

said the "findings and entire process" of the recruitment of the former deputy premier as US trade commissioner has been "incredibly disappointing".NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the trade job appointment process was flawed."Whilst we can't go backwards what we can do is ensure the recruitment processes in the future are robust and these mistakes are not made again," he said.

Changes to the Government Sector Employment Act (the legislative framework for recruiting government jobs) to make sure ministers can't influence department secretaries in hiring processes.A parliamentary joint committee to "monitor and review" the role of the public service commissioner.

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Premier Dominic Perrottet said the "findings and entire process" of the recruitment of the former deputy premier as US trade commissioner has been "incredibly disappointing". The independent report was commissioned by Perrottet to investigate the controversial appointment process of Barilaro to the $500,000-a-year trade posting. A preferred candidate had already been identified for the role, but Cartwright was belatedly “recommended into the process” and was ultimately handed the job, extraordinary new documents provided to the NSW upper house reveal. EXPLAINED: NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the trade job appointment process was flawed. Tenant advocacy organisation Better Renting recruited 75 renters around Australia to install tracking devices in their homes that recorded temperature and humidity levels at one-minute intervals from 13 June to 31 July this year. (9News) He acknowledged the distress the recruitment to the trade role has caused many people and said the process was "flawed to say the least" but did not cast blame on applicants like Barilaro. He has since withdrawn from the job. "Whilst we can't go backwards what we can do is ensure the recruitment processes in the future are robust and these mistakes are not made again," he said. This fixture looked formidable even before Liverpool started the season with a sloppy, sluggish 2-2 draw at Fulham.

"The fundamental issue here is not on any of the trade commissioners or any of the applicants, the fundamental issue is the flawed recruitment process that has taken place. “We would need to massage the candidate brief for Stephen as there were some difference [sic] that panel identified between the NGS brief and the panel view,” NGS managing director Marianne Broadbent wrote in an email sent on April 19 last year. Tasmanian rentals spent the most time below 18C, tracking below-healthy temperatures 91% of the time, or an equivalent of 44. That's not their fault." The report's recommendations include: Changes to the Government Sector Employment Act (the legislative framework for recruiting government jobs) to make sure ministers can't influence department secretaries in hiring processes. At the time Dominic Perrottet was treasurer, Barilaro deputy premier and Gladys Berejiklian was the premier. Full rule-based merit process to be applied when recruiting senior trade and investment commissioners.4C. Legislating a code of ethics and conduct for the public sector. Advertisement The front runner was Paul Webster, who was later appointed as the second-in-charge in London, with the title of trade and investment commissioner UK and Europe.

A parliamentary joint committee to "monitor and review" the role of the public service commissioner. Codification of the roles and responsibilities of secretaries of departments. Brown told the inquiry that Cartwright, the former head of lobbying group Business NSW, had been “recommended into the process” by the then Treasury secretary Mike Pratt. The average minimum indoor temperature in Victoria was 9. Perrottet said the government will accept these recommendations in full and they require legislation. READ MORE: The independent report looked at the recruitment process of John Barilaro to the New York trade posting. Inset: Then head of Business NSW, Stephen Cartwright, pictured in 2015. (Kate Geraghty) In addition to the report's recommendations, Perrottet said the government will introduce its own changes. Read more Humidity levels were highest in NSW, where the average relative humidity inside was 70.

There will be a change to the ministerial code of conduct where for 18 months a minister cannot accept a job from a public sector department that reported to them. The latest emails produced to the upper house also reveal that the British government “approved” NSW’s request to reinstate the Office of Agent-General in London on September 15. In the case of Barilaro, he would not have been able to accept the US trade commissioner job, as he was trade minister and the agency was part of his portfolio and reported to him. "That falls in line with the period of time with ministers who leave government who need to seek advice from the ethics advisor in regards to private employment," Perrottet said. A senior policy adviser responded that media announcements were at “saturation point” that day. Researchers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland all recorded average relative humidity of over 65%. The second change means senior public servants will also need to seek ethics advice for their future employment and that advice will be published publicly. The trade commissioner roles will now be appointed through the GSC act, which means there will be a specific legislative framework put to the hiring process for the plum trade jobs..

Perrottet hopes there will now be a clear path forward for hiring for trade jobs and that ministers won't be able to sway secretaries in the recruitment process. Renters in NSW have been. READ MORE: Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Tourism and Sport and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres resigned as a result of the Barilaro trade saga. ” Bell responded: “There is political stuff going on. (Dominic Lorrimer) It comes as two weeks ago, the premier was handed a draft of the report which ultimately led to the after it raised questions about the Penrith MP's contact with the recruitment process for the New York trade job. Ayres has consistently denied he breached any ministerial standards.” It has since emerged that Barilaro lodged a cabinet submission on that day to change the trade role appointment process to ministerial decisions. A parliamentary inquiry led by the NSW Labor party into the appointment process is continuing.

Barilaro was due to front the inquiry for a second time last week but . Loading and became “threatening” in tense negotiations over his contract and expenses.