Perrottet asks Libs to support him for the post of prime minister | Mandurah Courier
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet called on his fellow Liberals to support him for the prime minister post after he struck a deal to make Stuart Ayres his deputy.
After behind-the-scenes faction wrangling for much of the weekend, Mr Perrottet announced on Sunday that he would seek to become the next prime minister.
The Epping MP entered the New South Wales parliament in 2011 – then as an MP for Castle Hill – and served as finance minister before becoming treasurer.
The father of six is a member of the right-wing faction of the Liberal Party while Mr. Ayres, the Minister of Employment, belongs to the dominant moderate faction.
Mr Perrottet is also proposing to appoint Environment Minister Matt Kean treasurer of New South Wales, if he wins.
The Liberal Party hall will meet next Tuesday to vote on their new leader.
“NSW will go through this difficult time like it did last year, not only to recover, but to come out stronger,” Perrottet said on Sunday.
“It’s about keeping people safe, like we’ve done, keeping people in their jobs, keeping businesses open and most importantly getting kids back to school.”
Mr Perrottet, 39, toughened his speech on Monday, arguing his credentials by working alongside popular Gladys Berejiklian, who will step down once a new leader is confirmed, saying he will bring unity.
“I ask for the support of my colleagues to lead the government with Stuart Ayres as deputy,” he wrote in an opinion piece published Monday in the Daily Telegraph.
“As Gladys so well demonstrated, running a successful Liberal and National government requires unity in the ‘large church’ of our party,” he said.
“We can only do this if we stand united and maintain stability and continuity for the people of our state. “
Planning Minister Rob Stokes, 47, MP for Pittwater, is the only other high-ranking New South Wales minister considered a serious candidate for prime minister.
Mr Stokes on Monday, also writing in The Telegraph, said he would bring experience and integrity to the job.
“I also think I am the best chance for the NSW government to win the next election,” he said.
“I owe it to those who want to pursue the liberal and national vision for NSW to be a candidate from which my colleagues can choose.”
Former prime minister and former liberal John Howard backed Perrottet over the weekend, saying he was motivated and reform-oriented.
Ms Berejiklian said she would resign after the state’s corruption watchdog revealed that the 51-year-old was under investigation for potential damage to public trust.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating whether Ms. Berejiklian “served in public office” in a position of conflict given her secret five-year relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced on Sunday that he would resign from the New South Wales parliament to run for the federal seat of Gilmore on the south coast in the upcoming national election.
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