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O’Farrell resigns

A thread for discussion of today’s shock resignation of New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell.

New South Wales will shortly have its fifth Premier in seven years following the bombshell resignation of Barry O’Farrell, who was today embarrassed by the emergence of a card in which he thanked Australian Water Holdings boss Nick Di Girolamo for a $3000 bottle of wine he yesterday denied having received. O’Farrell is the state’s second Liberal Premier to have been brought down by the exertions of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Nick Greiner having fallen foul of an adverse ruling in 1992 involving a job offer to Liberal-turned-independent MP Terry Metherell. It now falls to the Liberal Party to find a replacement: without being too aware of the daily machinations of New South Wales politics, my immediate presumption was that the Treasurer, Mike Baird, would be the front-runner. However, I am seeing Gladys Berejiklian, Andrew Constance, Brad Hazzard and Jillian Skinner mentioned around the place.

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  • 101
    Steve777
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Presumably Barry O’Farrell doesn’t get so many expensive gifts that he loses track of them and forgets who gave what when.

    Is it conceivable that he didn’t appreciate its value, rather like Jim Hacker in that episode of ‘Yes Minister’: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moral_Dimension

    Presumably he knew it was special and didn’t just take it along to the next barbecue he went to. I’m not a wine buff but I would realise that a bottle of wine with my year of birth (presuming anything that old is still drinkable) is not something you’d pick up at the corner bottleshop. Why didn’t he declare it on his register?

    Jim Hacker was able to elegantly side step the problem. Barry O’Farrell wasn’t as lucky.

  • 102
    sprocket_
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Diogenes
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
    So did Girolamo have the handwritten note all the time and hold it back to set up BOF?

    Yes. He revealed its existence to ICAC this morning. What other little treasures is he holding back?

  • 103
    dave
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    victoria@38

    Goodness me PVO and others say that BOF may have genuinely forgot to have received the wine, but of course, Gillard was supposed to remember her role as a lawyer 20 years ago. Spare me

    Indeed. What do ICAC do now. Recommend perjury charges ? or accept it as a genuine ‘memory lapse’ ?

    If it is treated as a ‘memory lapse’ which many media outlets are running with – why not treat others the sameway in future?

  • 104
    Diogenes
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Sportsbet has Baird $1.50 and Berejiklian at $3 to take over. Others at $17 or more

  • 105
    Libertarian Unionist
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I recall when employed as a secretary adviser having to send back a bottle of brandy given to a Minster by a developer for Christmas.

    I recall the DG at my former workplace handing out several trays of mangoes to department staff, and making a point of not taking any of them himself.

  • 106
    KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    sprocket – in the US they would be offering Nicky G immunity. Indeed, right now there would be a buns rush to get to the prosecutors first and lock in the immunity deal.

  • 107
    Diogenes
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    sprocket

    That’s pretty sneaky. If they showed all the evidence yesterday when they questioned BOF, he wouldn’t have gotten in nearly as much trouble.

  • 108
    Acerbic Conehead
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Schadenfreudemilch – tastes a lot better than Grange.

  • 109
    crikey whitey
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    That video of Tony spraying the journo is front page of SMH.

  • 110
    Acerbic Conehead
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Diogenes,

    And what was BOF thinking when he lied to ICAC? Is admitting you got a bottle of Grange worth losing your career over?

    Born to rule mentality.

  • 111
    Darn
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    sprocket_
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm | PERMALINK
    Watch Tony Abbott lose it, half way through

    http://media.smh.com.au/news/national-news/barry-ofarrell-abbotts-angry-retort-5353588.html

    Well now I’ve seen everything. Abbott lecturing us on “decent standards”. What a tosser.

  • 112
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t work out why BOF just didn’t say I can’t recall receiving the wine, but I may have. Would that have led to a worse outcome than flatly denying it?

  • 113
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    SMC:

    There’s way more to this than just lying about the wine. Why did he not declare the gift when he first received it?

  • 114
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Is BOF quitting parliament as well?

  • 115
    Libertarian Unionist
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t work out why BOF just didn’t say I can’t recall receiving the wine, but I may have. Would that have led to a worse outcome than flatly denying it?

    Maybe he was bluffing Di Girolamo? I agree that his actions impart the impression that there is much more going on beneath the surface.

  • 116
    Fran Barlow
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I blame Nick Greiner. ICAC is clearly damaging the memories of apparently otherwise cognitively fit people. In this case, it has not only damaged the memory of the Premier, but his wife as well, who didn’t even appear at ICAC.

    Even the note — his note — now circulated on twitter, didn’t prompt recall.

    ICAC is a health hazard far worse than alcohol, plainly, and should be abolished. It’s the only way people’s memories will return. I’m just surprised that NDG recalled where he stashed the thank you note.

    ;-)

  • 117
    Tom Hawkins
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    in the US they would be offering Nicky G immunity

    Maybe he has been granted immunity? Can such a deal be agreed but remain secret whilst the hearings continue?

  • 118
    Jackol
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    The whole thing is weird. How BO’F let himself get into trouble over something that others would simply have “not recalled”. Why he let the stakes get so high (what are the real stakes?)

    I really hope there is something bigger here and that we get to find out what it is …

  • 119
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    confessions

    I guess time (and ICAC) will hopefully reveal all.

  • 120
    Acerbic Conehead
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    For BOF, Grange is definitely not a Beaujolais.

  • 121
    ruawake
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Remember Hartcher et al have already resigned. They get to go to ICAC soon. :)

  • 122
    kakuru
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Gladys Berejiklian is a moderate and will not be far enough right for Murdoch.

    Baird is a moderate too. The right wing nutjobs don’t have a horse in this race. Besides, one of the right’s chief standard-bearer (Hartcher) is on the bench, after his own ICAC snafu.

  • 123
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Andrew Catsaras ‏@AndrewCatsaras 21m
    Think about it: would @barryofarrell deliberately perjure himself at the ICAC over something that was so easy to prove? Seriously?

    ????

  • 124
    mari
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Kate McClymont ‏@Kate_McClymont 1h
    Meanwhile, The Oracle (Kostopoulos) is going off at Nicky Di G about his dealings with the Parrot, radio host Alan Jones #icac

    What is this about?

  • 125
    kakuru
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Think about it: would @barryofarrell deliberately perjure himself at the ICAC over something that was so easy to prove? Seriously?

    Isn’t this another way of saying (as Goebbels did) the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed?

  • 126
    Jackol
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t this another way of saying (as Goebbels did) the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed?

    Perhaps, but if he had remembered, he would have remembered the card he wrote (and the phone call). He would have known (if he was attempting to lie and get away with it) that NdG had already dropped him in it and couldn’t be counted on to not have revealed the card.

    I’m still (possibly naively) feeling like BO’F genuinely didn’t remember the bottle or responding to receiving it.

    The only other option is there is something much bigger that is still to come out that is such a big deal it felt worth throwing the dice on a long shot hoping a blatant lie would stay buried … if that’s the case as I said I really hope we see what unravels.

  • 127
    kakuru
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    New South Wales will shortly have its fifth Premier in seven years following the bombshell resignation of Barry O’Farrell

    Jeez, and he we were discussing Game of Thrones!

  • 128
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t this another way of saying (as Goebbels did) the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed?

    Yeah, but that only works in social settings, not when you’re giving evidence in a court where there are real penalties for being found out!

  • 129
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m quite sure that Andrew Catsaras’s point is that O’Farrell genuinely couldn’t remember the bottle of wine.

  • 130
    MTBW
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    mari

    Jones would forgive anything the Libs do and you can bet money that if he is asked for favours he would give them.

  • 131
    MTBW
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    For the record my money would be on Baird for Leader.

  • 132
    crikey whitey
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    William. Hi. I sent you an email asking for Rummel’s address.

    When you have some time.

    Thank you.

  • 133
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    The real reason for wanting to forget the wine has something to do with not declaring it in the first place. He knew he had to declare it because he told ICAC this yesterday, but didn’t. Why?

    And what does “ALL your help” refer to?

  • 134
    victoria
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    JRobertson Opp leader did a presser earlier. He emphasised that this is not about a bottle of wine but the influence of lobbyists of fhose holding high office who are there to serve the public

  • 135
    Player One
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Andrew Catsaras ‏@AndrewCatsaras 21m
    Think about it: would @barryofarrell deliberately perjure himself at the ICAC over something that was so easy to prove? Seriously?

    He didn’t forget about the wine. He forgot about the note

  • 136
    victoria
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Kakuru

    GOT has nothing on NSW politics!!

  • 137
    kakuru
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    William Bowe:

    I’m quite sure that Andrew Catsaras’s point is that O’Farrell genuinely couldn’t remember the bottle of wine.

    Or the phone call. Or the hand written note. Or where he was at the time he didn’t receive it. (Was he really holidaying on the Gold Coast?)

  • 138
    mari
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    MTBW
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm | PERMALINK
    mari

    Jones would forgive anything the Libs do and you can bet money that if he is asked for favours he would give them.

    Yes agree but why was he pursued at #icac I wonder

  • 139
    Jackol
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    And what does “ALL your help” refer to?

    I don’t know that I would read too much into that. It seems like a fairly generic ‘thank you’ note to a fundraiser.

  • 140
    KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    FRAN – And the one who got the most amnesia at the ICAC was Nick himself, if I recall. There were great portions of his premiership that evaporated from his mind.

  • 141
    Centre
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I would like to congratulate Barry O’Farrell on his resignation.

    He has shown integrity and honour in his decision to stand down as Premier.

  • 142
    B.C.
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I think I’d give the benefit of the doubt to O’Farrell – I think he probably did forget and he’s now done the right thing.

    I won a bottle of Grange last year. However, company policy meant I couldn’t keep it so it was auctioned off for charity.

  • 143
    Aristotle
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m quite sure that Andrew Catsaras’s point is that O’Farrell genuinely couldn’t remember the bottle of wine.

    Thank you, William, that was precisely my point.

  • 144
    rossmcg
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    William

    I read it that BOF went beyond saying he didn’t remember, he said it he wine never came and he constructed a tale about rushing to the airport to go on holiday or something.
    There seems to be some sympathy for him as many regard him as an honest toiler but it just begs the question as to why his counsel allowed him to go down this road. He knew well in advance he would be asked about the wine.

  • 145
    KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    BOF obvoiusly thought he had to defend his brand (being squeaky clean and better than the Labor crooks). Maybe he also thought that a finding against him (even over a $3000 bottle of wine) would kill off his premiership anyway (probably right).

  • 146
    victoria
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Rossmg

    Yep. Yesterday he was emphatic that he never received it. So what was the thank you note for?

  • 147
    crikey whitey
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you William.

  • 148
    kakuru
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    rossmcg:

    There seems to be some sympathy for him as many regard him as an honest toiler but it just begs the question as to why his counsel allowed him to go down this road. He knew well in advance he would be asked about the wine.

    And counsel raised some cock-and-bull story about security being lax around the O’Farrell residence.

    BOF’s account of events went well beyond just not remembering.

  • 149
    Centre
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    There are PLENTY who have gotten away with a lot worse than Fatty O believe me!

    Keep up the good work ICAC.

    Let’s hope the big one is next?

    An inquiry into a second casino in Sydney.

    Oh yeah, an inquiry into a second casino in Sydney :cool:

  • 150
    Jackol
    Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Maybe he also thought that a finding against him (even over a $3000 bottle of wine) would kill off his premiership anyway (probably right).

    But there was no prospect that ICAC would make such a finding.

    They didn’t even know about the bottle until a couple of days ago and haven’t they said today that ICAC will not pursue O’Farrell any further (ie his resignation has pre-empted him being done for not telling the truth to ICAC?).

    It’s the most perplexing thing here. A few “I don’t recalls” and he would have been free to carry on being premier. It’s all very peculiar.

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