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‘I nearly quit Parliament’, says NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro

NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro has returned from a four-week break and revealed he almost quit parliament over an ugly coalition koala policy stoush.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has said he did not think he was going to return to Parliament after he announced he was taking mental health leave four weeks ago.

The outspoken Nationals leader found himself in hot water in September when he threatened to split the Coalition government if concessions weren’t made on its koala protection policy.

Under pressure to quit and under fire from all sides, a week later Mr Barilaro announced he would take four weeks mental health leave.

But controversy dogged Mr Barilaro as reports emerged he would lose his licence over speeding fines.

Now back from his break, Mr Barilaro says taking time off was the right call.

“It is never easy to admit that you have got a mental health issue and you are struggling and suffering,” he told ABC TV on Wednesday.

“I remember being at home struggling to get…

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