NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell falls on sword and resigns over bottle of wine


Significant memory fail? yeah right, a $3000 dollar bottle of wine is pretty forgettable. NOTE he went from empathetic statements of having not receiving it, saying he would remember  if he did (maybe drank it and wrote the thank-you note and can’t recall, who knows, but he came to power on the back of atrocious corruption with the Labor government, to today being caught out with a letter he wrote thanking Nick Di Girolamo for the booze. AT least he is doing the right thing by going.

What do you think of all this readers?



ICAC has been told the $3,000 bottle of wine was left at Mr O’Farrell’s door:

Counsel Assisting Geoffrey Watson SC has provided details to ICAC of the delivery of the 1959 bottle of Grange to Barry O’Farrell’s house.

He’s produced documents from Direct Couriers showing that the delivery was made on 20 April 2011.

The wine arrived at Mr O’Farrell’s Roseville home at 4.31pm after leaving Australian Water Holdings at Bella Vista at 3.38pm.

The parcel was one bottle of wine addressed to Mr O’Farrell.

ICAC was told it was left at the door, as directed.

Mr Watson says ICAC investigators have spoken to the courier who made the delivery but he has no “independent recollection” of the event.

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A handwritten letter and envelope from NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to AWH executive Nick Di Girolamo expressing thanks for a bottle of wine.

A handwritten letter and envelope from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to AWH executive Nick Di Girolamo expressing thanks for a bottle of wine.

16-04-2014 4-07-50 PMNew South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell says he will resign owing to a “massive memory fail” when giving evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) yesterday.

Mr O’Farrell has been unable to explain to ICAC a call from his phone to an Australian Water Holdings (AWH) executive who allegedly gave him a $3,000 bottle of Grange wine.

ICAC alleges the company AWH lobbied Mr O’Farrell over an agreement with the state-owned Sydney Water to roll out water infrastructure.

AWH is accused of corruptly billing Sydney Water for expenses and using the money for political donations, executive salaries and various other expenses.

PENFOLDSAWH executive Nick Di Girolamo yesterday told the inquiry he sent the Premier a $3,000 bottle of wine in 2011 to congratulate him after the election.

The bottle of Grange dated May 24, 1959 – Mr O’Farrell’s birthday – does not appear on the Premier’s pecuniary interests declaration for the period.

However, at ICAC Mr O’Farrell denied receiving the wine at all, telling the inquiry: “I’m not a wine connoisseur”.

The Premier also said he had no recollection of the 28-second call made from his phone to Mr Di Girolamo in 2011 around the time he was allegedly sent the wine.

Mr Di Girolamo had earlier told ICAC that Mr O’Farrell phoned him to thank him for the gift.

At a press conference this morning, Mr O’Farrell said ICAC had been presented with a note signed by him to Mr Di Girolamo, thanking him for an expensive gift of wine.

He says that while the evidence he gave to ICAC was “truthful”, “I do accept there is a thankyou note signed by me” to Mr Di Girolamo.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says he will resign

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell says he will resign

Profile: Barry O’Farrell

  • Elected Premier on 26 March 2011
  • Elected as NSW Liberal Leader in April 2007
  • Represents the electorate of Ku-ring-gai
  • Elected to NSW Parliament in 1995
  • Served as NSW state director of the Liberal Party in the mid 1990s
  • Worked as a public policy advisor at both state and federal levels in the late 1980s and early 1990s


“I’ve accepted that I’ve had a massive memory fail. I still can’t explain either the arrival of a gift that I have no recollection of or its absence, which I certainly still can’t fathom, but I accept the consequences in an orderly way,” he said.

“A new Liberal leader will be elected to take on the position of NSW.”

He said that he did not seek to “wilfully” mislead ICAC, and, “As someone who believes in accountability, in responsibility I accept the consequences of my action”.

He continued: “As soon as I can organise a meeting of the parliamentary Liberal Party for next week, I will be resigning the position and enabling a new Liberal leader to be elected – someone who will then become the Premier of NSW.”

Mr O’Farrell has been recalled to ICAC to give evidence at midday today.

Honour and integrity rarely seen: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Mr O’Farrell had demonstrated “integrity” by resigning over what he said was an innocent and inadvertent misleading of ICAC.

“We are seeing an act of integrity, an act of honour, the like of which we have rarely seen in Australian politics,” he said.


“I admire him tremendously for this, although I deeply regret the necessity for it.”

He described Mr O’Farrell as a “friend”, who had always strived to do the “right thing” by NSW.

“I have known Barry for two decades. He has been a friend of mine throughout that time,” he said.

“He has been a great servant of the Liberal Party, a great servant of the people of NSW and of Australia.

“He has constantly worked to do the right thing by the people of NSW and we were together as recently as last Friday in China winning trade and jobs for our country and our state.

“Obviously, as we now know, he innocently, inadvertently misled ICAC yesterday and he has taken the utterly honourable step of resigning as Premier.”


8 thoughts on “NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell falls on sword and resigns over bottle of wine

  1. getting sick of hearing of corrupt elected officials on fantastic wages, who cant help themselves, yet are given huge salaries and responsibility.have totally lost interest in following politics, every election is followed by the inevitable exposures of bent and well paid pollies, and their so called demise, off to collect an equally fantastic pension.if it were you or i, and we got stung nicking stuff at work, or being bribed, it would be the dole queue.


    • The rorts just never seem to stop. I heard some pollie yesterday supporting Barry O’Farrell saying they are SO busy, meeting many people and receive gifts daily (poor bastards). Now lets assume the gift givers are not tight wads they spend about $100. (the monetary value that requires declaration is $500 or over) So one gift a day times lets say 300 as they attend things most days but not every day, but maybe multiple times in one day, equals a staggering $30,000. Say they get gifts worth $400 (remembering the gift givers know the limit too) times even say a 100 days/occasions equals $40,000. A Nice little rort, as we know the gift giving is in lieu of the cash they are not allowed to hand over in a handshake! WHY are they even accepting any gifts.

      No gifts should equate to no questions in my view.

      (That is not even considering the boozy long lunch/dinner splurges either folks)

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      • or the overseas trips for no good reason, the hookers and the brothels used on the company cards, etc etc, the rorts go on, and barry was a grub the same as all the others like craig thompson,slimey slipper etc etc


  2. The only honest Politian was Donald Mackay, and look what the Mafia – Underworld and corrupt police and corrupt pollies did to him !!!…….nothing ever changes with these greedy public servants. And they want us all to work to where 70, and attack the battlers and the pensioners……… Sack em all, the shifty , shyster, greedy bastards! ASAP!………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


  3. Good to have such generous rich connected mates that give a 1959 vintage $3000 rare bottle of Penfolds Wines Grange Hemitage red wine for his birthday!!!…..And to think he thanked his lobbing mate Mr Girolama with a hand signed note for the expensive gift left at his door, but during the questioning to the ICAC he has a massive memory fail, after earlier saying he did not receive it. So this is what Tony Abbott calls a The N.S.W. Premier a man of honour and integrity ……….
    So will Barry O’Farrell have to go to Hockey The Liberal Accountants new toughened up Centrelink and go on the poultry poverty line Newstart Allowance of $ 35 a week. And or will this man of honour qualify for Abbotts & Hockeys pension with cuts and will he then need to work until he is bloody 70, Ha Ha!……….


  4. In Relation to entrenched corruption and lies ,has anyone seen the Statement from Sir Harry Gibbs in regard to the investigations he conducted about the legality of the Commonwealth of Australia ,he said the following that the whole of the government and the Judicial system Operate with no basis in Law this is fact ,I have court documents of 48 high ranking government officials being charged with Treason offences , this is real, please check it out and spread the word , You might also want to find the truth about Hitler !0 reasons why Hitler was a good Man www digger for truth , and you’ll also find that The Holocaust was a lie No one died in any gas chambers full stop , and Anne Franks Diary was written by a man ,this diary which borders on erotica should be burned but instead it is being taught {forced} on our children all lies ! please help spread the truth Hitler was one of the greatest leaders ever .the truth is coming fast ! this is all why the world is out of control .


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