Dominic Perrottet wins vote to become NSW premier

Source: AAP

Dominic Perrottet will succeed Gladys Berejiklian as New South Wales premier after winning a Liberal party room vote.

Government Whip Adam Crouch said the 39-year-old from the party's right faction beat Planning Minister and moderate Rob Stokes in the ballot at NSW Parliament on Tuesday.

It's believed there were be 39 votes for the treasurer against five for Stokes.

The devout Catholic and father of six will become the 46th person to be NSW premier and the youngest ever to take on the state's top job.

Long touted as the premier-in-waiting, Perrottet struck a deal with his moderate colleagues to make Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres his deputy and promote Environment Minister Matt Kean to treasurer.

Berejiklian quit on Friday after the state's corruption watchdog disclosed she was being investigated for potential breaches of public trust during her secret five-year relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian adjusts her mask during a COVID-19 update press conference on July 22, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Lockdown restrictions have been further tightened as NSW continues to record new community COVID-19 cases and work to stop the spread of the highly infectious delta coronavirus strain in the community. New rules which came into effect at midnight on Saturday across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour require all non-essential retail to close. Businesses can still operate click and collect, takeaway and home delivery. In addition to stay at home orders, residents in the local government areas of  Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool cannot leave their areas for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers. Where those workers do need to leave their local government area for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms. Residents of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong are subject to stay-at-home orders with people are only permitted to leave their homes for essential reasons. Essential reasons include purchasing essential goods, accessing or providing care or healthcare, essential work, education or exercise. Exercise is restricted to within the local government area and no further than 10km from home and with a maximum of two people per group. Browsing in shops is prohibited and only one person per household can leave home for shopping per day. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people, while funerals are limited to 10 people only. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until 11:59 pm on Friday 30 July. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Stokes, 47, offered himself as a more experienced alternative to Perrottet, with the MP for Pittwater on Sydney's northern beaches, arguing he was the party's best shot at winning the 2023 election.

But Perrottet, who's Epping electorate is in Sydney's northwest, played up his credentials working alongside Berejiklian as deputy leader.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had worked with Perrottet on the NSW economy as they dealt with "the very difficult challenges we have had with Covid".

"When we disagree, we disagree. The next day we get back to work. That is how normal people get on with each other when they know each other well. And we do," he told Seven's Sunrise program on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the NSW Nationals are preparing for their own leadership contest.

The NSW government will have an entirely fresh leadership team by Wednesday, after Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro announced he too would quit parliament.

Paul Toole and Adam Marshall are expected to join Melinda Pavey in a three-way race to fill his position.