reesThe boss of the New South Wales Labor Party says he rejected an offer to pay tens-of-thousands of dollars to secure the domain name nathanrees.com.au

As the ABC revealed yesterday, the Nationals are under investigation for improperly registering the domain name.

The Nationals say at the time the Premier’s domain name was available, but the carmeltebbutt.com.au website had already been bought by the ALP.

Carmel Tebbutt is Mr Rees’ deputy, prompting further speculation about the longevity of Mr Rees’ leadership.

Labor’s State Secretary Matt Thistlethwaite has explained the situation saying that, last October, the party was approached by a man who wanted to sell the Nathan Rees domain name for tens-of thousands of dollars.

Mr Thistlethwaite says the offer was refused.

The Nationals State Director Ben Franklin says he has never heard of the man named by Matt Thistlethwaite.

He maintains the Nationals bought the name legally in May for 127 dollars and that no-one from his party offered to sell the site to Labor.