John Barilaro says he took an interest within the New York commerce function in November final 12 months, after he had resigned from parliament however earlier than leaving the constructing.
He mentioned he talked about his curiosity within the place to Premier Dominic Perrottet in a “passing remark” in late November.
“He was checking in on me, and on a type of events I flagged [it] … I mentioned that I’d have an interest. He had nothing extra to say than ‘go for it’.”
Barilaro mentioned he didn’t realise the New York job was vacant on the time. “I simply flagged the choice, and the thought, of a commerce function.”
He mentioned he later requested former commerce minister Stuart Ayres in regards to the function in early December, which is why Ayres despatched him the job commercial in The Australian Monetary Overview a few week or two later.
“I additionally was different choices outdoors of politics on the time, I used to be choices for employment. It was a question in relation to that function. It was that easy,” he mentioned.
“As I recall, I sought out what the method could be in relation to the [role].”
He mentioned that was his solely dialog with Ayres, however that he additionally mentioned the matter with Treasurer Matt Kean through textual content simply earlier than Christmas final 12 months as a result of he revered Kean’s counsel.
“He was supportive. I can’t recall the precise phrase. [There was] no suggestions in relation to political sensitivities,” Barilaro mentioned.
“He would have informed me bluntly if he thought it was going to be a difficulty, for positive.
“At no level did anybody ever elevate a priority about me making use of for this function.
“If somebody had flagged that early on, and perhaps I ought to have used my very own political nous and my very own intestine really feel – even when accepting the job, I even had hesitation, it took me a short time to make that call – however at no level did anybody say that this might have been an issue.”
He mentioned he didn’t seek the advice of some other former colleagues earlier than his utility.