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Statement regarding the appointment of John Barilaro as Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas

Monday 6 March 2023

In July 2022, the Commission decided to investigate whether, in relation to the recruitment of the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas, John Barilaro, Stuart Ayres, Amy Brown or any other public official breached public trust, or exercised their official functions dishonestly or partially, or adversely affected the honest or impartial exercise of official functions by any public official.

During the course of the investigation, the Commission obtained information and documents from various sources by issuing notices under sections 21 and 22 of the ICAC Act and summonses under s 35 of the ICAC Act. The Commission also conducted interviews and obtained oral evidence from witnesses in a number of compulsory examinations.

The investigation did not identify any evidence of corrupt conduct. As a result, the Commission has discontinued its investigation.

Pursuant to section 14(2) of the ICAC Act, the Commission has made a limited dissemination of evidence obtained during the investigation to the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet for information purposes. This information remains subject to section 111 of the ICAC Act.  

The Commission does not propose taking any further action with respect to the matter.

The Commission will not be making further comment.