Dominic Perrottet has been sworn in as the 46th Premier of NSW.
Mr Perrottet was elected on Tuesday morning in a party room ballot following the sudden resignation of Gladys Berejiklian on Friday afternoon.
The former state Treasurer beat Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, to fill Ms Berejiklian’s shoes with an overwhelming 39 votes to five.
At 39 years old, Mr Perrottet is the youngest ever NSW Premier.
He is also a devout Catholic and a married father of six children.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, Mr Perrottet vowed to not just be an “infrastructure Premier”.
He said, “I’ll also be a family Premier – focusing on how we can make life better for working families”.
“Living the liberal values of opportunity, aspiration, and hard work”.
He also promised to continue NSW’s COVID recovery plan of “keeping people safe” and “opening up the economy”.
When questioned about how his religious views might influence the way he leads the state, Mr Perrottet described his Christian views as something he’s “incredibly proud of”.
“I’m very proud of the fact that I have a strong Christian faith,” said Mr Perrottet.
“Does that in any way take away my capacity to serve as Premier? Well I don’t think so – and I think it’s a sad thing that some people do”.
Stuart Ayres has been elected to be Deputy Leader of the NSW Liberal Party.
Matt Kean will take over the position of Treasurer.
There will be no cabinet reshuffle at this stage as the new Premier focuses solely on the state’s COVID recovery plan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison congratulated Mr Perrottet, saying, “I know the commitment and dedication he will bring to his new role, and the energy he will invest in continuing to deliver for NSW.”
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