NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

First comes the scandal, then comes the spin.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has been up in parliament this morning defending his government’s handling of a $177 million bushfire relief fund. 

The government has been accused of using the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery fund (BLER) to pork-barrel in its regional electorates. That includes handing $10 million to a multinational company controlled by one of the Coalition's biggest donors, Anthony Pratt.