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Deputy Premier statement

Published: 31 March 2021
Released by: Deputy Premier

Statement from Deputy Premier John Barilaro on the Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen.

Last week I sought the resignation of the Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen as Parliamentary Secretary, removed him from the Nationals and Coalition Party Rooms and he was suspended from the National Party in light of serious allegations and an active police investigation. 

Yesterday, following further reports, I told Mr Johnsen his position as a Member of Parliament was untenable and called for his resignation. 

Today I welcome Mr Johnsen’s resignation from the NSW Parliament. 

My message to the people of the Upper Hunter is I will always put integrity before politics, which is why I called for Mr Johnsen’s resignation. 

I want to say to the communities of the Upper Hunter that I am sorry, but please be assured the NSW Nationals’ focus has always been, and will always be, on delivering for the Upper Hunter and keeping our communities safe and secure. 

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