NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has terminated the services of Fair Trade Minister Eleni Petinos over allegations of bullying in her office.
“Today I spoke to Eleni Petinos, Minister of Small Business and Fair Trading, after bringing some other matters to my attention regarding her,” Perrottet said in a statement released Sunday night.
“In light of these matters, Ms. Petinos’s service as minister will be terminated with immediate effect, and I will write to the governor about this tomorrow.”
Ms. Petinos, who was responsible for keeping the state’s workplaces safe, dismissed allegations of inappropriate behavior related to her office last week.
#BREAK Liberal minister Eleni Petinos has just been fired.
This government must go.
— Chris Minns (@ChrisMinnsMP) July 31, 2022
“I value my staff and try to provide them with a professional and safe environment,” she told AAP on Friday.
A report had claimed that one of Ms Petinos’s former advisers had lodged a complaint with the Prime Minister and Cabinet Department about being “relentlessly bullied” by others while they were at work.
According to reports, Ms Petinos has been given up to eight staff members on leave in the past seven months.