Paul Tolle wins NSW citizen leadership vote, becomes new Deputy Prime Minister

Paul Tolle has been voted as the leader of the NSW citizens, and will become the state’s deputy prime minister.

The Bathurst member replaces John Barillaro, who announced his resignation on Monday.

Citizen MPs took a vote in the NSW Parliament where Mr Toole sided against Water Minister Melinda Pavey.

Mr. Toole won 15-3.

Bronny Taylor will be the Deputy National Leader.

Bathurst’s deputy defeated Water Secretary Melinda Pavey in a secret partisan vote this morning.

Citizens Web Steve Cook confirmed the appointments.

“I am really happy to be elected as NSW National President this morning, and I will say more very soon,” Mr Tolle said after this morning’s party room meeting.

“But I’ll tell you what, I’m looking forward to getting back to work.”

Before entering Parliament in 2011, Mr. Toole worked as a primary school teacher for nearly 20 years.

He was elected to Bathurst Regional Council in 2005 and became mayor two years later.

The new leaders’ first task will be to reopen NSW, with COVID-19 restrictions easing on October 11.

“I think it’s important that we focus on the people, that we focus on the communities, and make sure that we support businesses to reopen,” Mr. Toll told ABC earlier this morning.

More is coming.

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