After a dramatic few days, the New South Wales Liberal’s have named their next Premier to be Mike Baird. Formally resigning this morning, former Premier Barry O’Farrell handed in his letter of resignation to his Liberal party room. Premier-Elect Baird stood unopposed.
Assisting the Premier-Elect will be Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian as the Deputy Premier. She too stood unopposed after it was announced that Jillian Skinner, the Deputy Premier would step down from her position in the party.
Mike Baird (pictured) who is described as a “devout Christian, conservative, high-flying banker” is likely to be sworn in today at 5.00-5.30PM.
The turbulent ICAC hearing that shocked Sydney and Australian politics saw Barry O’Farrell stand down over a $3000 bottle of wine, gifted to him by Nick Di Girolamo, an executive at Australian Water Holdings. After denying the gift was given to him, Mr. O’Farrell recanted his statement and declared a lapse of memory to be the case; presumably due to a thank you note that has since come forward sent to Girolamo for that mischievous bottle of Grange, dated 1959.
What are your thoughts on the issue? Did Mr. O’Farrell really forget or did he aim to mislead the people? Will Baird and Berejjklian tick all of the right boxes for NSW politics? Time will tell.
Words by DAMIEN COLELLA, who definitely wouldn’t forget if he was given a $3000 bottle of wine.