A former senior member of Investment NSW, who is not authorized to speak in public, said staff across the agency at the time were informed that Investment NSW’s Deputy Secretary Jenny West was the preferred candidate.
They said senior executives at Investment NSW in March last year were told West would be appointed to the role of trade commissioner.
Treasurer Matt Kean on Thursday would not be drawn to his opinion on whether Barilaro was the right person for the role.
“It’s not a question of my opinion, it’s a question of the process. I am informed that the process has been followed and that I have chosen a candidate, ”he said.
“I have been very aware that what I expect is that there is a process when it comes to selecting candidates for government-appointed positions. There has been a process, I have been informed of, for this appointment, and it is appropriate ”.
Former NSW Labor leader Chris Minns said Barilaro should never have been named to the role.
“It’s a $ 500,000 a year job – $ 100,000 worth of expenses plus moving expenses to get Mr Barilaro over to New York. I have real concerns about the procedure,” he said.
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