‘Heads down, work hard’: Berejiklian stares down rogue Nationals

“My decree to everybody is focus on the job we’re elected to do, that’s what people want from us. Heads down, work hard.”

The government was thrown into chaos on Thursday when Deputy Premier John Barilaro threatened to “effectively” take his party to the crossbench over the koalas policy.

Mr Barilaro backflipped the next morning after meeting the Premier, and the two released a joint statement saying the Coalition remained.

Ms Berejiklian said rogue Nationals MPs crossing the floor would not breach the Coalition agreement.

Two Liberal ministers, Police Minister David Elliott and Transport Minister Andrew Constance, have questioned Mr Barilaro’s suitability as Nationals leader.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said that with NSW in the midst of a pandemic, people wanted strong leadership.

“Leadership is given through action, being humble … being focused on delivery rather than headlines,” he said.

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