New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro will take four weeks off after facing off in a major battle over koala protection laws

  • Mr Barilaro is expected to take up to four weeks leave starting from Saturday¬†

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is taking mental health leave for up to four weeks after a tumultuous fortnight dominated by koala protection policy.

The outspoken NSW Nationals leader will miss next week’s sitting of parliament.

His deputy Paul Toole has been installed acting leader.

Mr Barilaro put himself in the firing line last week when he threatened to implode the coalition government if concessions on the state’s koala protection policy were not made.

He backed down after Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave him an ultimatum that Nationals MPs support the government or its ministers be sacked from cabinet.

He survived a no-confidence motion in state parliament on Wednesday despite senior government’s minister publicly disparaging his actions.

More to come. 

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro (pictured) is taking mental health leave for up to four weeks after a tumultuous fortnight dominated by koala protection policy

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro (pictured) is taking mental health leave for up to four weeks after a tumultuous fortnight dominated by koala protection policy

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