NSW Premier vote: Who is Dominic Perrottet?
The NSW Liberal Party has elected a new leader in Dominic Perrottet. Here’s what you need to know about the next Premier.
Dominic Perrottet is the new leader of NSW after Liberal Party MPs voted for the former Treasurer in a 39-5 landslide.
The new Premier is part of the party’s right fraction, devout catholic and father-of-six who is known for his conservative views.
Here’s what you need to know about the new Premier:
Mr Perrottet is one of 12 children and was raised in Sydney’s leafy north. He and his family are conservative Catholics.
Mr Perrottet attended the Roman Catholic school Redfield College in Dural.
He later studied commerce and law at Sydney University and worked briefly as a lawyer before making the move into politics when he was elected to state parliament in a landslide in 2011.
Mr Perrottet then climbed the ministerial ladder for the next decade.
During that time he served as Minister for Industrial Relations under Gladys Berejiklian and as Minister for Finance, Services and Property under Mike Baird.
He later became Treasurer and deputy leader of the Liberal Party in 2017.
The 39-year-old has six children with his wife Helen.
Mr Perrottet is pro-life, opposed to assisted dying, has been quoted saying “man made climate crisis” and congratulated Donald Trump on his 2016 presidential win.
“If you stand for free speech, you are not a bigot,” he wrote in a Facebook post in 2016.
“If you question man-made climate change, you are not a sceptic.
“If you support stronger borders, you are not a racist.
“If you want a plebiscite on same sex marriage, you are not a homophobe.
“If you love your country, you are not an extremist.”
“These are mainstream values that people should be free to articulate without fear of ridicule or persecution by the Left.”
His strong views and previous controversial comments are likely to be a target from his Labor opponents.
Though he said on Monday he would advocate for a conscience vote on the upcoming voluntary assisted dying legislation.
He also stood up to the Federal Government when they canned JobKeeper payments and helped established NSW’s JobSaver program.
What does his leadership mean for NSW’s reopening plans?
At this stage some freedoms should be granted in NSW from October 11 after 70 per cent of the eligible population have been fully vaccinated.
The next phase would happen a week later when the 80 per cent milestone is achieved.
When asked on Monday whether he would tweak the government’s road map, he did not rule out changing plans.
“I don’t want to pre-empt the situation we are in at the moment. If we are successful, we will work through these issues,” Mr Perrottet said.
“I am completely focused, and have been as this time as Treasurer on keeping people safe, that we keep people in jobs, and we keep businesses open.
“More importantly for many families across the state, we get kids back to school as soon as possible.”
There were rumours ‘freedom day’ could come as early as this Friday, though was unconfirmed and Monday’s date is still set in stone.
Earlier today Liberal MPs gathered at Macquarie St to vote on a new leader.
Mr Perrottet made his intentions clear during a press conference on Sunday night – that he would put his name forward to become the next NSW Liberal leader at Tuesday’s party room meeting.
Mr Perrottet also paid tribute to the “tireless dedication of our Premier Gladys Berejiklian.”
“There is no doubt that NSW is a much better place today because of the tireless dedication of our Premier,” he said.
Tuesday was the first time the Liberals have voted on a new leader in nearly twenty years.
The changeover comes after Ms Berejiklian quit on Friday when she got a tap on the shoulder from the state’s corruption watchdog ICAC, which revealed she was under investigation for potential breaches of public trust.
Those alleged breaches involve her secret five-year relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire.
“I state categorically, I have always acted with the highest level of integrity,” Ms Berejiklian said as she announced her resignation on Friday.
Her exit came just days before Transport Minister Andrew Constance declared he would quit state politics to vie for a federal seat.
While NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro also announced he was quitting politics claiming “vile and racist attacks” had played a part in the decision.