Deputy Premier John Barilaro has refused to guarantee that he will not threaten to blow up the NSW Coalition again before surviving a vote of no confidence.
- Mr Barilaro and Opposition leader Jodi McKay clashed during an ALP no confidence motion debate
- The Deputy Premier said he would guarantee to “work hard for the rest of the term”
- Mr Barilaro promised the Premier the Coalition agreement would remain intact until the election
Opposition Leader Jodi McKay and Mr Barilaro engaged in a heated exchange during Question Time in Parliament this afternoon.
It comes after Mr Barilaro had to back down from his threat to move the Nationals to the crossbench over a koala protection policy.
“Will you never ever threaten to quit the Coalition again?” Ms McKay asked.
“I’ll tell you what I’ll guarantee,” Mr Barilaro responded.
“I’ll guarantee for the rest of the term I’ll be working hard.”
But the Ms McKay made the query again.
“The Premier is listening, every Liberal MP is listening,” she stated.
“Will you give a guarantee?”
“My guarantee is that I’ll keep working each and every day for the people of regional and rural New South Wales including the issues around the Koala SEPP otherwise known as the property rights SEPP,” Mr Barilaro said.
“That’s what we are fighting for, that’s the guarantee.”
NSW Labor’s vote of no confidence was voted down in Parliament this afternoon.
The motion was lost in a 48 to 40 vote in the Lower House.
Three independents voted with the Government.
In his meeting with Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday, Mr Barilaro gave a guarantee that the Coalition agreement would remain intact until the election.
“This is one of the most extraordinary breaches of Cabinet solidarity I have ever seen,” Labor backbencher Michael Daley said today.
“Is the Premier going to sack him or is he going to resign?” he said.
The NSW Nationals on Tuesday backed Mr Barilaro at the first Coalition party room meeting since his threat to move to the crossbench.
Prior to the joint party room, the Nationals held their own meeting where the majority of MPs backed Mr Barilaro’s leadership.