The building commissioner’s letter of resignation referred to ICAC

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has announced that a confidential resignation letter from NSW’s Construction Commissioner has been forwarded to the state’s independent corruption watchdog.

David Chandler abruptly resigned last month, sparking speculation about the circumstances of his departure amid scrutiny over the conduct of recently sacked minister Eleni Petinos, to whom he reported.

Eleni Petinos, Former NSW Minister for Fair Trade, David Chandler, Former Building Commissioner, and Premier Dominic Perrottet.

Eleni Petinos, Former NSW Minister for Fair Trade, David Chandler, Former Building Commissioner, and Premier Dominic Perrottet.Recognition:Wolter Peeters, Kate Geraghty, NCA Newswire

Perrottet announced during Wednesday’s Question Time that Chandler’s letter of resignation was sent to the Secretary of the Department of Customer Service, who forwarded it to the Independent Commission Against Corruption on August 1.

Petinos was fired the day before the letter was sent to ICAC over allegations of workplace bullying. She had denied the bullying allegations.

“This is a personal letter regarding an employment matter. I have been informed by the secretary that she has taken appropriate action regarding the content of the letter,” Perrottet said.

“As a precaution, the letter has been submitted to the ICAC for information.”

The NSW opposition said on Tuesday they would use the Legislative Council’s powers to force the government to release the letter after it was revealed Petinos was meeting with representatives of a property development company that employed former Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro. The letter is expected to be delivered to the House of Lords on Thursday.

The opposition has questioned the meetings between Petinos and Coronation Property after a work freeze was ordered on one of their major projects. Chandler had oversight over work stoppages and whether they should be revoked. It is not yet known if Chandler’s letter of resignation addresses this issue.

Both Petinos and Barilaro have issued statements that Barilaro did not attend a June 2 meeting between Petinos and Coronation Property.

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Joel McCord

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