> Parliament set for recall over failure to lodge key documents

Parliament set for recall over failure to lodge key documents

He said cabinet documents could not be provided but conceded there would be others that should have been produced to the upper house.

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“My view when it comes to SO52s [an order of parliament] is that any document that should be legally provided needs to be provided as quickly as possible,” Perrottet said.

“Dates are set and they should be met.”

The Barilaro controversy has continued to overshadow Perrottet’s first trade trip as premier, which he admitted was a disappointment.

Graham said the government was unnecessarily delaying the release of the documents.

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“The government has failed to produce even one of the key documents which would show why John Barilaro got the job,” Graham said.

“They’ve managed to produce media releases from 2020, but they’ve missed former Nationals leader’s job application and CV.”

Graham said the opposition was forced to “take the rare step of recalling Parliament to help bring an end to the government’s obstruction”.

“Our preference is for the government to obey the law and hand over the documents. But without them, the inquiry is stuck having to put together a puzzle without all the pieces,” he said.

Perrottet also said he did not see any reason for Trade Minister Stuart Ayres to be called to the upper house inquiry investigating Barilaro’s appointment because there was an independent inquiry underway.

The opposition wants Ayres to give evidence to the inquiry because he is the responsible minister. Perrottet had already said he would not appear.

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