Among the documents are Investment NSW “Selection Panel Reports” for the trade role that Labor says show Mr Barilaro was not initially considered the best candidate, before his ratings were upgraded and those of his “main rivals” were downgraded.
Senior public servant Jenny West – the person first offered the job – did not get the position “for one reason: her name is not John Barilaro”, he said.
Jenny West speaks during the inquiry into the appointment of John Barilaro as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas at NSW Parliament House in Sydney, Monday, 11 July, 2022. Source: AAP / BIANCA DE MARCHI/AAPIMAGE
Labor has previously said the government’s “fingerprints” are all over the controversial appointment and accused Mr Ayres of lying after he said he did not meet with Mr Barilaro during the recruitment process.
“There is no reason for me to stand aside.”
The saga continues to dog Premier Dominic Perrottet, who returned at the weekend from a trade mission to Asia that was overshadowed by the escalating controversy at home.
Tabled documents into the appointment so far include an email sent by Ms Brown in February, saying she had discussed a shortlist of candidates with Mr Ayres.
Ms Brown will give evidence to the parliamentary inquiry for a second time on Wednesday and Mr Barilaro will appear there next week.