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John Barilaro

John Barilaro 2016.jpg
Barilaro in 2016
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
Majority11.61% (2019)
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
Giovanni Domenic Barilaro

(1971-11-14) 14 November 1971 (age 49)
Political partyThe Nationals
Spouse(s)Deanna Barilaro
Children3 (f)
OccupationSmall business owner

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

Barilaro 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

Barilaro was born in Queanbeyan to immigrant parents from Calabria, Italy.[7] After leaving school he 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 campaigned within his local community for a high school for the growing suburb of Jerrabomberra, and helped found the Monaro Panthers Football Club (soccer), before serving for eight years as its club president.[8][9][10]

Political career

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 8.2-point swing to the Nationals.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

On 15 November 2016, Barilaro was elected unopposed as leader of the National Party in New South Wales, following the resignation of Troy Grant.[14] 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.[15][16][17]

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".[18]

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.[19]

On 30 April 2020, Barilaro was considering stepping down from State politics to contest the federal seat of Eden-Monaro in its upcoming by-election, following Mike Kelly's immediate resignation from politics owing to personal and familial health issues,[20] but later withdrew his interest.[21] He attributed the decision to a lack of support from Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, whom he accused of fearing him as a leadership rival.[22] Barilaro then apologised for his actions.[23]

In the latter half of 2020, YouTube comedian and political commentator Jordan Shanks published videos criticising him for his contribution to the 2019-20 bushfire season and providing evidence for Barilaro's political corruption.[24] The videos included Shanks imitating, mocking Barilaro and exposing proof of Barilaro committing perjury 9 times,[25] Barilaro publicly expressed offence, claiming it had "racist undertones".[26] Shanks responded to Barilaro's comments by referring to Barilaro's positions on political correctness and on changing his forename from Giovanni to John.[27][28] A following video by Shanks was filmed at an Airbnb rental accommodation owned by Barilaro where he criticised him for pork barrelling.[29][30][27] Barilaro made an unexpected appearance in the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras when an effigy of his head was seen peeping from a barrel being pushed along the parade by a pig oinking maniacally. [31][32]


Barilaro is married to Deanna; together they have three daughters and live in Jerrabomberra.[33] He is currently working towards completion of Certificate IV, Frontline Business Management with the Housing Industry Association.[when?][5]

Barilaro's father, Domenico, passed away in early 2020.[34] Barilaro's aunt, Maria Inzillo, and her husband, Damiani Nesci, died from COVID-19 in December 2020.[35]


  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. ^ a b "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. ^ Smith, Alexandra (3 July 2020). "John Barilaro on cooking seafood and a pie shop accord". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Clr John Barilaro". Council Elected Members. Queanbeyan City Council. 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  9. ^ "John Barilaro – Candidate for Monaro". The Nationals team. National Party. 2011. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  10. ^ Green, Antony (1 April 2011). "Monaro". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Steve Whan concedes defeat". ABC News. Australia. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  12. ^ Nicholls, Sean (17 October 2014). "John Barilaro elevated as Andrew Stoner suddenly quits cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "John Barilaro elected as leader of NSW Nationals". ABC News. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  15. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Ministers". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  17. ^ Clennell, Andrew (26 January 2017). "Premier Gladys Berejiklian plans major reshuffle for cabinet". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  18. ^ "'Turnbull is the problem': NSW Deputy Premier says PM must go". 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Eden-Monaro MP Mike Kelly resigns, prompting by-election ABC News 30 April 2020
  21. ^ Andrew Constance expected to announce run for Eden-Monaro seat ABC News 4 May 2020
  22. ^ You failed as a leader': Barilaro's message to McCormack Sydney Morning Herald 5 May 2020
  23. ^ "'Sorry for being a distraction': Barilaro apologises to Coalition MPs". SMH. 14 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Small-scale oyster farmers concerned about industry's future after NSW Government investment". ABCNews. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Foley: Barilaro Must Resign Following Oyster Company Revelations In NSW Parliament". The Beagle. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  26. ^ "YouTuber Friendlyjordies lashed for 'racist' depiction of Gladys Berejiklian". NewsComAu. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  27. ^ a b "Friendly Jordies is Cancelled". Youtube.
  28. ^ Nicholls, Sean (24 November 2016). "Deputy Premier John Barilaro under fire over undeclared Airbnb business". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  29. ^ "NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro to face no-confidence vote in parliament". the Guardian. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  30. ^ "Barilaro under pressure to resign". Sky News Australia. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  31. ^ "Excitement-Builds-For-Mardi-Gras".
  32. ^ "Sydney-Mardi-Gras-at-SCG".
  33. ^ "Meet John Barilaro, your MP for Monaro". John Barilaro MP. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  34. ^ Weaver, Michael. "Barilaro will return to work on Wednesday amid NSW leadership chaos". About Regional. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  35. ^ Mitchell, Georgina. "Barilaro reveals he lost two relatives to COVID-19 in Italy in December". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 January 2021.

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New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Steve Whan
Member for Monaro
Political offices
Preceded by
Troy Grant
Deputy Premier of New South Wales
Preceded by
as Minister for Regional New South Wales)
Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade
Preceded by
Niall Blair
as Minister for Trade and Industry
Preceded by
Andrew Stoner
Minister for Small Business
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

Succeeded by
as Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade
Title last held by
Verity Firth
as Minister for Education and Training
Minister for Skills
Succeeded by
Geoff Lee
as Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education
Preceded by
Katrina Hodgkinson
Minister for Regional Tourism
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
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