He said only one person within his party had him to consider his role and that Premier Dominic Perrottet had not asked him to stand down. “He has been really supportive through this whole exercise,” Ayres said.
When 2GB host Ben Fordham asked Ayres if he acknowledged his job was on the line, the minister said: “I think yeah, you should absolutely see that.”
“I think there’s a lot of publicity around this issue. I’ve always acted in the best interests of the people of NSW, I think the [independent Graeme] Head review will show that,” he said.
“If the Head review shows that I’ve not done the right thing then I don’t think my position would be tenable. But I don’t believe that’s the case… I’ve done my role as a minister here and I think the Head review will show that.”
The premier has also said he was not prepared to discuss the matter until he received the independent review from former public service commissioner Graeme Head.
A separate upper house parliamentary inquiry into Barilaro’s appointment will summarize on Wednesday with a return appearance of Investment NSW boss Amy Brown, who Ayres repeated on Tuesday was the ultimate decision-maker.
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