Central Coast Labor MPs are calling on the new Premier of NSW, Dominic Perrottet, and his leadership team to quickly affirm their commitment to supporting the Central Coast.
“The new Premier must give the Coast, and NSW, certainty as we move towards the 70 per cent (of those aged 16 and over) milestone and staged reopening of the state,” they said.
“It’s time for the NSW Government to refocus on the people of NSW and end the chaos of the past few days.
“At one of the most critical times in the state’s history, during a health pandemic and economic uncertainty we have seen the Premier, the Deputy Premier and a Senior Minister step down causing massive instability at a time when cool heads and a steady hand is needed.”
At a Tuesday press conference after Perrottet was announced Premier, he said (the Government) wanted NSW to bounce back stronger, safer and more successful than ever before.
He said there would be no Cabinet reshuffle until at least later in the year and perhaps until after summer, “until we get through this (COVID recovery) challenge”.
Stuart Ayres, the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, was elected by the Liberal Party as Deputy Leader.
The new Treasurer will be Matt Kean, the Minister for Energy and Environment.
“We will keep our team in place … and our team will bring the energy, the experience to get our state safely open again and then take it to the next level.
“Right now, the focus of our Government is on the people of NSW.
“We are at an incredibly important juncture, on Monday (October 11) the state opens up and we want to get people back to work and businesses opening again, and that is the sole focus of our government today,” Perrottet said.
Shadow Minister for Central Coast and Wyong MP, David Harris, said we would have to wait to see if this “tired Liberal State Government would be re-energised by this change of leadership.
“Much of the Government’s direction was already determined by Dominic Perrottet in his role as Treasurer,” he said.
“The new Premier already has a cloud over his leadership following the iCare worker’s compensation controversy and the questionable status of Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) highlighted by the NSW Auditor General.
“The Government still has two other MPs under investigation and will rely on the vote of Independent members to pass legislation at last until the future of those MPs are determined and by-elections are held for the resigning members” Harris said.
The Entrance MP, David Mehan, labelled Perrottet as “the most conservative the state has seen” which, he said, was the last thing we need on the Central Coast.
“He has already committed to further privatisation (Westconnex) and creation of slush funds (Westinvest) which will go to propping up Liberal/National Party seats rather than serving the people of NSW,” Mehan said.
And, Swansea MP Yasmin Cateley said: “This is not a fresh start for this ageing Liberal Government but more of the same.
“Perrottet was the Treasurer that oversaw the privatisation of TAFE campuses across our state, along with the privatisation of transport services and toll roads,” she said.
The Chronicle asked Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast, Adam Crouch, what the change in leadership would mean for the Central Coast, however, a response was unavailable before publication.
As Government Whip, it was Crouch’s role to count the votes in the election for Premier, and to officially announce the election.
Dominic Perrottet was sworn in as NSW Premier at 2pm on Tuesday, October 5.