Former NSW building commissioner’s resignation letter sent to ICAC

Former NSW building commissioner’s resignation letter sent to ICAC

The resignation letter of the former NSW building commissioner was sent to the state's corruption watchdog after he abruptly quit last month.

Pressure is building on the NSW government to make David Chandler'sChandler's letter public after reports came out that he may have resigned because of a strained relationship with former fair trading minister Eleni Petinos.

Ms Petinos was sacked from the NSW ministry last month over bullying allegations, which she denies.

Premier Dominic Perrottet has revealed in Parliament that Mr Chandler's resignation letter had been referred to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption ICAC. Perrottet was pressed during question time about whether the former commissioner's resignation had anything to do with Ms Petinos.

Do you stand by your statements yesterday that the sacking of Ms Petinos had nothing to do with the resignation of David Chandler? Chris Minns, the Opposition Leader, asked.

Since Mr Chandler left last month, the Opposition has been calling for his resignation letter to be made public, citing the need for a reset.

Labor moved a motion in the upper house to compel the government to produce the letter within 24 hours.

Yesterday, he said he had not read the letter, but now he says he has.

I have read the resignation letter from David Chandler to the DCS Department of Customer Service Secretary Emma Hogan. The Premier was pressed on when he learned that the letter had been referred to the ICAC.

Labor has compelled the government to release the document after it was revealed that Ms Petinos met with a property developer linked to former deputy prime minister John Barilaro earlier this year.

After the two meetings on June 2 and June 21 a building ban was lifted that affected the developer, Coronation Property.

Ms Petinos said that the lifting of the ban had nothing to do with her and would have been made by Mr Chandler.

In 2019, former premier Gladys Berejiklian appointed Chandler as the state's first building commissioner to clean up the building industry.