“We must continue with things like economic reform. He is very committed to tax reform.”
Perrottet has not officially shown his hand yet, but has spoken with family and colleagues.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes is to date the only senior minister to formally throw in his hat, arguing that he possesses “the right balance of experience, vision and integrity” necessary to fulfill the role in such a crucial role. moment to take.
Another who is considering his options is Attorney General Mark Speakman.
“I am encouraged by the encouragement I have received from colleagues to nominate and I will have more to say tomorrow,” he said on Saturday.
Another potential contender is Jobs Secretary Stuart Ayres, while Environment Secretary Matt Kean and Police Secretary David Elliott are listed as possible deputies.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance was also mentioned as a possible candidate.
But sources close to the minister but not authorized to speak officially have confirmed that the NSW transportation secretary will retire from state politics and run for the pre-selection for Gilmore’s federal seat at the next federal election. elections.
Whoever wins has a difficult task to follow.
Since her resignation, Ms Berejiklian, a wildly popular prime minister, has been praised by everyone from opposition leader Chris Minns – who said he “cannot blame her dedication and hard work” – to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who praised her “heroic” qualities.
On Saturday, voters flocked to her home and office with flowers and balloons, while others put up handmade signs.
Ms Berejiklian announced her resignation on Friday after the state corruption watchdog announced that the 51-year-old was being investigated for possible breaches of public trust.
The ICAC says it is investigating whether she was “exercising public functions” in a conflict situation, given her secret five-year relationship with ex-MP Daryl Maguire.
Gladys Berejiklian resigns as NSW Prime Minister
Crying and sometimes angry, she said Friday that she had “no other option” but to resign, but denied having made any complaints.
She will also resign from parliament as soon as a by-election can be held for her seat from Willoughby on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.
Additional reporting: Anna Henderson