With the departure of current Gladys Berejiklian, Dominic Perrot will position himself for the 46th Premiere of NSW.
Berejiklian announced his resignation on Friday after state corruption watchdogs revealed the 51-year-old premier—was under investigation for possible breaches of public trust.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating whether Berejiklian “practiced public functions” in the face of conflict given his secret five-year relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire.
Berejiklian denied wrongdoing but said he had no choice but to resign, and that Willoughby would soon vacate his role as MP.
After a Liberal Party meeting over the weekend, Perrott announced on Sunday that he would like to be the next prime minister.
Epping MP entered the NSW Parliament in 2011 – then as Castle Hill MP – and served as Minister of Finance before becoming Treasurer.
The father of six is a member of the right-wing Liberal Party. If he succeeds in his inclination, Stuart Ayers will serve as his deputy.
“We believe this is a team that will provide the stability, unity and experience to continue the great work of Premier Gladys Berejiklian and our entire team to ensure that NSW is stronger than the other side,” Perrott said .
Former Prime Minister John Howard has previously thrown his weight behind Perrot’s leanings, saying he was motivated and reform-focused.
“His background, his experience as treasurer and, very importantly, his commitment to economic recovery mean that he is the best man out there,” Howard told Sky News.
Perrott said earlier on Sunday that he was pleased with the support.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes is the only other senior NSW cabinet minister to have thrown his hat on the post of premier. It is unclear whether Stokes will stand aside, now that Perrot is nominated to be premier.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said on Sunday he would resign from NSW parliament and run for the federal seat of Gilmore.
Constance will resign from state politics by the end of the year and will seek Liberal elections for her local seat of Gilmore on the south coast of NSW.
His move has got the blessings of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
All since Berejiklian’s resignation has been praised by opposition leader Chris Minnes – who said he “cannot blame his dedication and hard work” – for Morrison, who praised his “heroic” qualities.
On Saturday, MLAs reached their homes and offices with flowers and balloons, while others put up hand-made signs.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times