John Barilaro

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John Barilaro

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Barilaro at CeBIT StartUp 2016 in Sydney
18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales
Assumed office
15 November 2016
PremierMike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded byTroy Grant
Leader of the National Party in New South Wales
Assumed office
15 November 2016
PremierMike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
DeputyNiall Blair
Paul Toole
Preceded byTroy Grant
Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade
Assumed office
2 April 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded byHimself (as Minister for Regional New South Wales)
Niall Blair (as Minister for Trade and Industry)
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Monaro
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded bySteve Whan
Majority2.5% (2015)
Minister for Regional Development /
Minister for Regional New South Wales
In office
2 April 2015 – 23 March 2019
PremierMike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded byTroy Grant (as Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services)
Succeeded byhimself (as Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade )
Minister for Small Business
In office
17 October 2014 – 23 March 2019
PremierMike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded byAndrew Stoner
Succeeded byDamien Tudehope (as Minister for Finance and Small Business)
Minister for Skills
In office
2 April 2015 – 23 March 2019
PremierMike Baird
Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded byVerity Firth (as Minister for Education and Training)
Succeeded byGeoff Lee (as Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education)
Minister for Regional Tourism
In office
17 October 2014 – 2 April 2015
PremierMike Baird
Preceded byKatrina Hodgkinson
Succeeded byStuart Ayres (as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events)
Personal details
Born
Giovanni Domenic Barilaro

(1971-11-14) 14 November 1971 (age 47)
NationalityAustralian
Political partyThe Nationals
Spouse(s)Deanna Barilaro
Children3 (f)
ResidenceJerrabomberra
OccupationSmall business owner

Giovanni Domenic "John" Barilaro (born 14 November 1971[1]), an Australian politician, is the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales and the New South Wales Leader of The Nationals since November 2016. Barilaro is the New South Wales Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019;[2][3][4] and is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electoral district of Monaro for the Nationals since 2011.[5]

He has previously served as the Minister for Regional Development (later renamed as the Minister for Regional New South Wales[6]), Minister for Small Business, and Minister for Skills in the first Berejiklian and second Baird governments, from October 2014 until March 2019; and as the Minister for Regional Tourism in the first Baird government.

Early years and background[edit]

Barilaro was born in Queanbeyan and after leaving school worked on the factory floor of his family's business. Before entering politics, he managed Ryleho, a business that manufactures energy efficient timber windows and doors. He has always been active in the local community; campaigning for a high school for the growing suburb of Jerrabomberra, helping to found the Monaro Panthers Football Club (soccer) a decade ago, and then serving eight years as club president.[7][8][9]

Political career[edit]

Barilaro was elected as an independent councillor of Queanbeyan City Council in 2008 and served on the Council until he ran for the National Party in the seat of Monaro at the 2011 state election. He won the seat from incumbent Labor Minister Steve Whan with an 8.3-point swing to the Nationals.

Following the resignation of Andrew Stoner in October 2014, Barilaro was appointed to the first Baird ministry as the Minister for Small Business and the Minister for Regional Tourism.[10] Baird rearranged his ministry following the 2015 state election, and Barilaro was sworn in as the Minister for Regional Development, the Minister for Skills, and the Minister for Small Business in the second Baird government.[11]

On 15 November 2016, Barilaro was elected unopposed as leader of the National Party in New South Wales, following the resignation of Troy Grant.[12] Following the resignation of Mike Baird and the election of Gladys Berejiklian as Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, Barilaro led The Nationals to form the Liberal-National coalition in the Berejiklian ministry that was sworn in on 23 January 2017.[13][14][15]

On 1 December 2017, Barilaro called for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to resign as a "Christmas gift" to Australians. Turnbull subsequently accused Barilaro of "trying to ingratiate himself" with radio presenter Alan Jones. Turnbull also stated he had called Barilaro and left a message after previous criticism, but had not heard back, and suggested Barilaro should have expressed his view to Turnbull personally, rather than "bagging [him] in the media". Several federal ministers, including Julie Bishop and Mathias Cormann were also critical of Barilaro, with Cormann stating: "He is not a federal member of parliament, I don't know him, I have never met him, it is a regrettable comment, it is uncalled for, it is wrong, I reject it".[16]

At the 2019 state election, even as the Coalition suffered a 3.6 percent swing and his own party lost four seats, Barilaro was easily reelected in Monaro. He picked up a swing of over nine percent, enough to make Monaro a safe National seat. Following the 2019 state election, Barilaro was sworn in as the Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade in the second Berejiklian ministry, with effect from 2 April 2019.[17]

Personal[edit]

Barilaro is married to Deanna; together they have three daughters and live in Jerrabomberra.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le Lievre, Kimberley (15 November 2016). "The Queanbeyan factory that produced a Nationals leader". Canberra Times.
  2. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Premier announces new Cabinet" (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ Han, Sophie (2 April 2019). "Berejiklian's new massive cabinet sworn in amid peals of laughter". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "The Hon. (John) Giovanni Domenic BARILARO, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Clr John Barilaro". Council Elected Members. Queanbeyan City Council. 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  8. ^ "John Barilaro – Candidate for Monaro". The Nationals team. National Party. 2011. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  9. ^ Green, Antony (1 April 2011). "Monaro". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  10. ^ Nicholls, Sean (17 October 2014). "John Barilaro elevated as Andrew Stoner suddenly quits cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  11. ^ Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  12. ^ "John Barilaro elected as leader of NSW Nationals". ABC News. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Swearing-In of The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, the 45th Premier of New South Wales, and The Honourable John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier". Vice Regal Program. Governor of New South Wales. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Ministers". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  15. ^ Clennell, Andrew (26 January 2017). "Premier Gladys Berejiklian plans major reshuffle for cabinet". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  16. ^ "'Turnbull is the problem': NSW Deputy Premier says PM must go". 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  17. ^ Sas, Nick (31 March 2019). "Gladys Berejiklian says Liberal Party has no women problem as re-elected NSW Premier shuffles Cabinet". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Steve Whan concedes defeat". ABC News. Australia. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.

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New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Steve Whan
Member for Monaro
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Troy Grant
Deputy Premier of New South Wales
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
himself
as Minister for Regional New South Wales)
Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade
2019–present
Preceded by
Niall Blair
as Minister for Trade and Industry
Preceded by
Andrew Stoner
Minister for Small Business
2014–2019
Succeeded by
Damien Tudehope
as Minister for Finance and Small Business)
Preceded by
Troy Grant
as Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
Minister for Regional Development /
/ Minister for Regional New South Wales

2015–2019
Succeeded by
himself
as Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade
Vacant
Title last held by
Verity Firth
as Minister for Education and Training
Minister for Skills
2015–2019
Succeeded by
Geoff Lee
as Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education
Preceded by
Katrina Hodgkinson
Minister for Regional Tourism
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Stuart Ayres
as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
Party political offices
Preceded by
Troy Grant
Leader of the National Party of Australia – NSW
2016–present
Incumbent