Gladys Berejiklian wins battle over koala protection as deputy backs down from ...

Gladys Berejiklian wins remarkable political battle over koala protection laws - as the deputy premier backs down from his crossbench threat

By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

Published: 00:59 BST, 11 September 2020 | Updated: 01:20 BST, 11 September 2020

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NSW Nationals leader and deputy premierJohn Barilaro has withdrawn his crossbench threat to stop supporting the government over the state's disputed koala protection laws.

The backdown comes after Premier Gladys Berejiklian demanded a commitment from the Nationals that they would remain united as a Coalition government during crisis meeting talks held on Friday morning.

It's understood Mr Balilaro told the Premier he would back down from his threat which would tear the Coalition apart.

But there are reports his leadership of the Nationalscould now be in doubt. 

A senior Liberal source told the Sydney Morning Herald Mr Barilaro had '100 per cent capitulated and could not even secure a date to discuss the Koala SEPP.'

It comes after Ms Berejiklian issued a short but blunt ultimatum to the deputy premier and his Nationals colleagues in a 60 second meeting on Thursday after they threatened mutiny over the state's disputed koala protection policy.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued a stunning ultimatum to her deputy and Nationals MPs on Thursday

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian

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