NSW Deputy Premier announces resignation days after Gladys Berejiklian's exit
New South Wales
Deputy Premier John Barilaro will stand down on Wednesday, just days after the resignation of Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Mr Barilaro said in a statement he would call for a party meeting on Wednesday where he would officially resign.
"As we emerge from lockdown, we must embrace this time as a new beginning for our State, and welcome the opportunity it presents for a refresh," he said.
"I have decided now is the right time for me to hand the reins over to new leadership, and resign as Deputy Premier of NSW."
Mr Barilaro said he would work with the Speaker and the Electoral Commission in relation to a by-election for his seat of Monaro. Ms Berejiklian resigned last Friday, following revelations she was being investigated by ICAC.
Speaking to Today, Mr Constance said Mr Barilaro's resignation would not surprise many within the government.
He said Mr Barilaro had been working "incredibly hard".
"I think the situation with (Ms Berejiklian) was going to trigger an enormous change and shift in the paradigm," he said.
"That's what has happened."
In a statement, Mr Barilaro said it had been an "honour and a privilege" to lead the Nationals, and he praised Ms Berejiklian's leadership.
"The next Premier has big shoes to fill, but I wish them well and the best of luck, I will be cheering from the sidelines and I am excited for what is ahead under their stewardship," he said.
"People are sometimes quick to write off the National Party, but it's the Nats in Government who are, and always will be, the praetorian guard of common sense.
"National's Leaders have led that guard, and I am proud to be in their company. Now I am passing on that honour."