Dominic Perrottet becomes new NSW Premier after landslide win


Dominic Perrottet has been voted the NSW Liberal leader and will take over as the state’s Premier.

He defeated Planning Minister Rob Stokes in a party room ballot by 39 votes to 5.

Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres will become his deputy leader and Matt Kean, who is the current Environment Minister, is expected to be promoted to Treasurer.

While leaving the party room with his colleagues, Mr Perrottet said it was an “honour and absolute privilege” to be elected.

Dominic Perrottet arriving for the vote with Stuart Ayres. Photo: AAP / Dean Lewins.

“I really appreciate the trust my colleagues have put in me today,” he said.

The party room was forced to vote for a new leader after the shock resignation of Gladys Berejiklian last Friday following an announcement that she would be investigated for alleged corruption.

Mr Stokes was largely considered an outside chance but Mr Perrottet said if he was elected he would be sure to give Mr Stokes a senior position in the ministry.





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