Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly had a few picks for a potential new prime minister in New South Wales in a fiery call just a few weeks ago.
He was the clear heir to the post of New South Wales Prime Minister for years but that was not enough to prevent the prime minister from dropping the bomb on Dominic Beirut during a meeting just weeks ago.
The famous confrontation between Scott Morrison and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet appeared in August Amid reports the couple clashed over financial support for closed workers.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison allowed the New South Wales Treasurer to fly during a private meeting, and deployed the F-bomb in front of witnesses to express his displeasure with negotiations to raise the level of financial support for Covid-19.
The New South Wales Treasurer told colleagues he was really disturbed by the Prime Minister’s refusal to listen to NSW’s views during a video conference to clarify the finer details of the latest JobSaver package to help NSW families in lockdown.
In a call with news.com.au on Sunday, Mr Perrottet declined to comment, saying he was simply “not prepared to discuss what is happening in private meetings”.
But he was not prepared to deny that the prime minister had sworn him during the meeting.
At the time, federal government sources said, “If anyone has gone to Beirut, they probably deserve it.”
“It’s too painful to deal with,” a liberal source said.
This exchange was first reported by author and columnist Niki Savva at Sydney Morning Herald On Sunday, she claimed that the “tired and strange prime minister had let his nerves get to grips with him”.
“During the conference call, Morrison became increasingly hostile with Beirut questioning the elements of the package and focusing on the flaws,” she wrote.
Morrison released him, and he threw the F-bomb on Beirut. Morrison may have forgotten the outgoing prime minister, Gladys Berejiklian, and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who were also on the call, so it was far from a private exchange, like a reckless exchange of GST money with Amin Treasurer of Tasmania then, Peter Gutwin, prime minister. From a few years ago.”
Savva previously reported a “severe disagreement” between the Prime Minister’s office and the NSW Premier’s office Gladys Berejiklian over the ongoing media briefing by the Morrison government which NSW believed questioned and undermined the public health response.
Mr. Perrottet is His constancy as the next Prime Minister of New South Wales Stuart Ayres was appointed as his deputy after both men formally announced their candidacies at a press conference in Sydney on Sunday evening.
The New South Wales Treasurer said the decision was ultimately a matter for the party room on Tuesday. At this point, other contender Rob Stokes had not dropped out of the ballot.
“For the past 48 hours, I have had the opportunity to discuss with my wife, Helen, my family and colleagues, my intention to run today as the Liberal Leader of the Parliamentary Party,” said Mr Perrottet.
I’m doing it, along with a jobs secretary like Stuart Ayres…as my deputy commander. We think it’s a team that will provide stability, unity and experience.”
Mr. Perrottet commended the “untiring dedication to our first president, Gladys Berejiklian”.
“For the past 18 months, where I have worked closely with her, as her Deputy and Treasurer, as we weather the droughts during this pandemic, and in NSW we are stronger today because of her tireless, servant-leading to the people of NSW.
Environment Secretary Matt Kean, a moderately powerful broker who is doing the numbers to appoint right-winger Mr Perrottet as prime minister, is expected to be named treasurer.
If the contest reaches the NSW Liberal Party Chamber on Tuesday, it would be the first time the Liberals have voted for a new leader in nearly twenty years.
The tradition in recent decades has been to negotiate a bloodless transfer of power and this was the case when former New South Wales Prime Minister Barry O’Farrell handed over to Mike Bird and in the transfer of power to Gladys Berejiklian nearly five years ago.
MP Stuart Ayres of Western Sydney is the husband of Secretary of State, Marise Payne.
The faction deal to hand over leadership to the New South Wales Treasurer comes amid confirmation that Liberal candidate Andrew Constance will resign from the NSW Parliament by the end of the year to contest Gilmore’s federal seat from the Liberal Party.
His announcement came just two days later New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced that she will resign As a result of investigating corruption in her behavior during her tenure of office.
“Like many of us, I feel sad for my old friend Gladys Berejiklian,” Mr Constance said on Sunday.
“By retiring from the State Cabinet and the Parliament of New South Wales, I will provide the next leader the opportunity to fill this position.”
Constance earlier criticized the prime minister for “getting the welcome he deserves” in Cobargo, New South Wales, after he angered local residents during the bushfires.
However, he was previously involved in a short-running campaign for the initial selection for federal seat, Eden Monaro, in 2020.
Ms Berejiklian said she would be leaving Parliament at the earliest opportunity after anti-corruption watchdog ICAC announced an investigation into whether she had breached public trust in relation to grants to community organizations while in a confidential relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.
“I state categorically, I have always acted with the highest level of integrity,” she said when she announced her resignation.
Ms Berejiklian will be officially replaced as prime minister when the Liberal Party elects her successor on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Catholic and father of six is the leader of the party’s right-wing faction and deputy leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party.
MP Epping lives in northwest Sydney with his wife Helen and children Charlotte, Amelia, Annabelle, William, Harriet and Beatrice.
Mr Perrottet studied law at the University of Sydney and worked as a barrister before being elected to the NSW Parliament in 2011.
He previously held ministerial positions as Minister of Finance and Industrial Relations.
Kane, the leader of the party’s moderate faction, helped broker the deal to install Gladys Berejiklian as prime minister in 2017 with Mr Perotette as her deputy.
Since then, there has been an understanding between the two men that Mr. Keane will support Mr. Perrottet as the next leader of the party.