WATCH LIVE: Dominic Perrottet holds press conference as newly elected leader of the NSW Liberal Party, 46th Prime Minister
Dominic Perrottet said New South Wales’ future “looks incredibly bright” after winning the village hall vote on Tuesday to become the youngest prime minister in state history.
Dominic Perrottet has declared a ‘new chapter’ for New South Wales after winning the leadership vote to become Liberal Head of State and 46th Prime Minister following the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian.
The father of six, who held a press conference after Tuesday’s village hall ballot, said he was optimistic the state is on track for a “very good summer” after a “difficult period To fight against the Delta strain of the coronavirus.
âUnexpected change can bring uncertainty, and at times, a lot, they can feel unsettling. But as difficult as it may be, we all have a duty as a state to keep going,â Perrottet said.
“Today begins a new chapter for New South Wales.”
The 39-year-old will become NSW’s youngest leader after receiving 39 votes to five from Planning Minister Rob Stokes.
Mr. Perrottet began his speech by paying tribute to his predecessor Gladys Berejiklian, who resigned Friday afternoon from her leadership position.
Ms Berejiklian’s decision followed a statement by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) confirming that an investigation would be opened into whether she had violated public trust.
Mr Perrottet said Ms Berejiklian’s “strong and steadfast leadership” had enabled the state to meet “so many challenges”.
âEveryone would agree that his hard work, tireless dedication and total commitment to his work was second to none,â he said.
âShe has been an inspiring role model for many, especially women and migrant communities, and this is just one of the reasons I think there has been such a wave of support in recent days.
“I hope I will continue the strong leadership that Gladys Berejiklian has shown throughout this pandemic.”
Mr. Perrottet also thanked his wife Helen and their six children for their love and support.
âBeing Prime Minister is a great honor, but I want to be clear that the work I am engaged in today is not only to lead New South Wales, but to serve all the people of our state, âhe said.
As former treasurer, Perrottet said he knew “a strong society needs a strong economy”.
“That is why our first priority will be to continue the plan that we have launched: to ensure the safety of people, to open the economy and to ensure our recovery,” he said.
NSW is on track to achieve 70% double-dose vaccination coverage in the coming days and will reopen to fully vaccinated people on October 11.
Mr Perrottet said he was sitting Tuesday afternoon with Health Minister Brad Hazzard and members of the Crisis Cabinet to discuss the roadmap to freedom.
“This is the start and we have done so well and my intention at this point is that this day (of freedom) remains Monday for next week,” he said.
“But there are a number of issues that need to be looked at, and obviously health is our number one priority right now and I’ll be sitting down with the minister and the whole team this afternoon.”
He also said the government was finalizing the economic stimulus package.
“This is going to be an important part, as we open up. So 70 to 80% are the measures that I think will help stimulate the economy as summer approaches,” he said. -he explains.
âAnd it’s going to be a great summer. I know it’s been a tough time. But I have total hope and optimism that the future of our state is incredibly bright.
“And I think the success of the last year – both economically and in terms of jobs – has come from prioritizing stimulus measures.”
Employment Minister Stuart Ayres was unopposed to be Mr. Perrottet’s deputy.
Mr Ayres said he looked forward to working with the newly elected leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party to ensure the government remains stable.
“Dominic Perrottet will be an outstanding Premier of NSW. He knows how to do the heavy lifting. He knows you are managing a budget. It’s a team that focuses on everyone across the state. “, did he declare.
Candidate Mr Stokes said the new NSW premier will have his backing despite losing Tuesday’s vote.
“Our party room made its choice, and did so insistently,” he said in a statement.
âI would like to congratulate my great friend Dom Perrottet on being chosen as our new leader and becoming the Premier of New South Wales.
âDom has a proven track record as an exceptional treasurer and will be a great prime minister. He has my full support.
“The community now rightly expects us to continue the work we were elected to do and to ensure that we recover from the pandemic and regain our freedom.”