Dominic Perrottet, New South Wales State Treasurer, is set to become the state’s next prime minister.
the main points:
- Mr. Perrottet is currently the Deputy Liberal Leader and member of Epping
- He says he will continue the “great work” done by Gladys Berejiklian
- Western Sydney Minister Stuart Ayres will become deputy Liberal Leader
Mr Perrottet has reached a deal whereby the Western Sydney minister, Stuart Ayres, will become the Liberal Leader’s deputy, with Environment Minister Matt Keane being appointed Treasurer.
In a press conference on Sunday evening, Mr. Beirut said he was submitting his name to become a liberal leader, and thus prime minister, at a party room meeting on Tuesday.
“I’m part of a team that has one focus and that is taking care of everyone in this state,” Perrottet said.
“I think Stewart [Ayres] I will provide that unit that the people of New South Wales need.”
However, ABC understands that a deal has been made that will see the vote as a formality.
The election of a new liberal leader for the state of New South Wales follows the sudden resignation of Gladys Berejiklian on Friday after the New South Wales Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (ICAC) said it was investigating her.
“I know this is a challenging time in our state but I have full hope and optimism that NSW is in a very good place,” he said.
“We believe this is the team that will provide stability, unity, experience and continue the great work of Glydis Berejiklian.”
Although he was not named at the time, the dust from Friday’s sudden resignation of Gladys Berejiklian hardly dissipated before Mr Beirut was named as the person likely to replace her.
Although he belongs to the Right, which is considered the non-dominant faction of NSW liberals, the Ebbing member has always been the heir apparent.
He is currently the Deputy Liberal Leader.
Beirut said he and Iris would be a “strong team” but did not want to pre-empt the outcome of Tuesday’s vote.
Planning Secretary Rob Stokes announced he will run yesterday.
“Rob Stokes isn’t just a friend, he’s an incredibly talented member of our team,” Perotette said. “We encourage competition.”
Earlier today, former Prime Minister John Howard backed Mr Perrottet, saying he was the right person for the job.
“I think his background, his experience as a treasurer, and most importantly, his commitment to economic reform means he is the best person to lead,” Howard told Sky News.
Mr Howard also said he had secured other nominees including Planning Secretary Rob Stokes, Western Sydney Minister and Minister Stuart Ayres “with great respect”.
“I’m not criticizing them…but I hope Dom gets a nod.”
Perotette had a lower-ranking liberal to worry about on Tuesday’s ballot, then Transportation Secretary Andrew Constance He announced today that he is leaving state policy to contest elections for a federal seat.
Constance said either Mr. Perrottet or Stokes were “wonderful people and good ministers” and both qualified for the role.
“All I would say to all of them is to work on the problem … Make sure you get back to work tomorrow because this pandemic is very real,” Constance said.
“I’ve been in Parliament for nearly 20 years and haven’t seen a leadership vote in that time.
“If the party room has a ballot, so be it, but I urge stability.”
Mr Ayres, a Penrith member, said he is ready to become the Liberal Leader’s deputy.
“This is a driving card that anyone in NSW can support, from city to suburbs, from coast to bush,” Ayres said.
“I know Dominic Perot is the right person to lead NSW from the pandemic, reopen our economy, get people back to their jobs, and keep one person safe in our community.”