John Barilaro, the leader of the NSW Nationals and the Member for Monaro, has announced he will resign as Deputy Premier of NSW. Video / Sky News Australia
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro says legal action against a “vile and racist” social media attack played a role in his decision to resign and leave parliament.
In a press conference on Monday morning, the NSW Nationals leader said it was “unbelievable” that he had to defend himself from “vile and racist attacks” in a social media setting.
“A young boy of migrant parents, I grew up, I understood what racism was, (I) was called many of those names, I didn’t think in 2021 that will continue,” he said.
“That in itself, can I say, was very difficult this year, and to be able to defend myself and continue with that case, I prefer to do it privately and not in the public eye.
“That has been a big reason for announcement, along with the opportunity that has now opened, that maybe now is the refresh.”