A man who made a career chauffeuring our elected officials has lifted the lid on what Australian politicians really get up to when they think no one is watching.
The long-serving former ministerial driver told the Daily Telegraph about alleged secret love affairs, late night hook-ups, boozy functions and the extraordinary demands made by his powerful clientele.
While those in the industry are normally known for their discretion, a work dispute between the NSW government and the long-suffering drivers has triggered the ex-staffer to speak out.
The tight circle of ministerial drivers allegedly knew about Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her relationship with disgraced ex-MP Daryl Maguire
A long-serving former ministerial driver lifted the lid on the secret love affairs, late night hook-ups, boozy functions and the extraordinary demands made by their powerful clientele. Pictured: An armoured ministerial car
Among the most shocking encounters was when a now retired minister opened the car door after a heavy night on the drink and began urinating the side door pocket.
Mid-way through he told the chauffeur he'd be 'back in 30 minutes' because he needed to say his goodbyes to others at the function.
The secret lives of NSW politicians was thrust into the spotlight at the end of last year when it was revealed Premier Gladys Berejiklian had a romantic relationship with disgraced ex-MP Daryl Maguire.
But before their relationship was ever made public, the tight circle of ministerial drivers had put two and two together and were not surprised when the revelations came out.
The driver said at least two other ministers are also prone to secret late-night hook-ups.
Two drivers were told to take two different ministers to the same city apartment complex before returning the following morning to drop them off at Parliament House.
Among the most shocking encounters was when a now retired minister opened the car door after a heavy night on the drink and began urinating the side door pocket. Pictured: NSW Parliament House
But while drivers see their fair share of boozing and steamy romances, there are also ministers that are overly demanding.
One minister told his driver to take him back to Sydney from a Bathurst hotel at 2.30am because he was irritated by 'a loud drip'.
Another minister ordered his driver to head out of Sydney because he forgot his tie. When he returned he told the driver to turn around and go back again to pick up his wife.
Sometimes ministers even decide to keep the car and send the driver packing in the middle of the night.
One driver was forced to hitch-hike home after ferrying a politician's country getaway.
Ministerial drivers are increasingly worried because NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet are currently in the midst of restructuring and many drivers fear the shake up could cost them their job or leave them worse off. Pictured NSW Parliament
With nowhere to stay he asked if he could spend the night at the local police station before getting on with his two day trip home.
But despite all the horror stories, the retired driver said: 'Some of them are the most wonderful people, making sure you have a pillow under your head and a plate of food.'
Ministerial drivers are increasingly worried because NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet are currently in the midst of restructuring and many drivers fear the shake up could cost them their job or leave them worse off.
'It's making an Uber for pollies — drivers will be left with worse conditions, under resourced and pulling longer hours to keep up with the workload,'' Union general secretary Steward Little said.
'Last I checked there weren't any fewer politicians, so to halve the drivers workforce with a phony redundancy saddles the remaining team with an enormous workforce,' he said.