A relaxed Gladys Berejiklian headed home for her lunch break on Thursday sporting the trademark business attire she made famous during her time as NSW premier.
Ms Berejiklian, 51, arrived at her home in Northbridge on Sydney’s lower north shore on Thursday carrying a red Lululemon tote bag.
Wearing a black dress and a smart grey blazer, her fashion sense appeared to have changed little since she gave up the state’s top role last week.
She stood down as state leader on Friday amid allegations by the state’s corruption watchdog she breached the public’s trust during her secret five-year relationship with ex-Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.
Ms Berejiklian is now only serving her local Willoughby electorate, having declared she will leave state parliament altogether once a by-election for her seat is held.
Her sudden resignation has sparked speculation she could make a run for federal politics once the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption concludes its investigation.
But while her successor Dominic Perrottet updated his profile within hours of securing the state’s top job, Ms Berejiklian’s account still has not changed.
New start: A relaxed Gladys Berejiklian has headed home for her lunch break on Thursday sporting the trademark business attire she made famous as NSW premier
Premier no more: Wearing a black dress and a smart grey blazer, her fashion sense appeared to have changed little since she gave up the state’s top role
Ms Berejiklian enters her property on Sydney’s lower north shore. She stood down as state leader on Friday amid a cloud allegations from the state’s corruption watchdog
Mr Perrottet, 39, shared a picture of him being sworn in as Premier at Government House on Tuesday afternoon and promptly updated his Instagram bio as: ‘Premier of NSW’.
Ms Berejiklian – or those that handle her account – have been a little more reluctant to remove the same line from her bio.
The 51-year-old was a widely popular premier. Her Willoughby office and home were awash in a sea of flowers and supportive signs left by fans over the weekend and a petition to keep her on as premier gained more than 75,000 signatures.
After her resignation Mr Perrottet, from the Liberal Party’s conservative faction, then defeated Rob Stokes 39-5 in party room ballot on Tuesday morning to become NSW’s youngest premier with Stuart Ayres as his deputy.
Tuesday’s vote was not attended by Ms Berejiklian.
Asked whether she may make the switch to federal politics, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Sunrise on Tuesday she ‘has a lot more to contribute, I know that’.
The Willoughby MP is now only serving her local electorate, having declared she will leave state parliament altogether once a by-election for her seat is held
The former premier speaks to the media outside her office in Willoughby on Sydney’s lower north shore on Wednesday
As of Thursday, Ms Berejiklian’s Instagram bio still reads that she is the ‘Premier of NSW’
The prime minister though acknowledged Ms Berejiklian has ‘issues’ to work through, a reference to the ongoing ICAC investigation.
‘I join with the many thousands if not millions of people from New South Wales who are very sad that she has had to step down,’ Mr Morrison said.
Mr Morrison made similar remarks on the Kyle and Jackie O show, saying Ms Berejiklian has ‘a lot left in her to give’.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted to Sunrise and radio show Kyle and Jackie O that outgoing Ms Berejiklian could make a run for federal parliament
‘She is amazing and she has showed so much strength and character to push through all of this, dealing with all those issues while making sure NSW was not only safe but the economy moving forward,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘But she has got to deal with the issues she currently has and she has got a lot left in her to give, and I know she has enormous capability.
‘We would be happy to work with her with her on whatever she would like to do next, whether that is in the parliament or she might like to serve’.
Mr Perrottet (pictured) was sworn in to the NSW Premier role on Tuesday
Mr Perrottet meanwhile said his government will make no major policy or personnel changes as the state emerges from lockdown.
The father of six has vowed to be a ‘family premier’ and prioritise the plight of working families around NSW.
He also pledged to maintain policy and cabinet continuity after Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation, with no cabinet reshuffle in the short term and no major policy changes.
He said he would maintain this position at least until summer.
However, the premier-elect did indicate he was open to getting kids back to school.
At the moment that staggered process isn’t scheduled to begin for most students until October 18.
‘We are at an important juncture. On Monday, the state opens up and we want to get people back into work, get business open again, and that is the focus of our government,’ Mr Perrottet said.
The 80 per cent double-dose milestone is expected later in October and December will usher in a broader easing of restrictions when unvaccinated and vaccinated people will enjoy similar freedoms.
While Mr Perrottet, whose information was updated with his new role, may be the new premier he still has a long way to go to get as many Instagram followers as Ms Berejiklian
Long touted as the premier-in-waiting, Mr Perrottet struck a deal over the weekend with his moderate colleagues to make Mr Ayres deputy.
Mr Ayres’ elevation to the position was unanimously supported.
Mr Perrottet acknowledged the ICAC investigation connected to Ms Berejiklian – due to start on October 18 – would prompt public commentary but insisted it would not distract the government.
A post-lockdown economic recovery plan will be announced shortly.
NSW’s corruption watchdog is investigating if Ms Berejiklian breached the public’s trust during her secret five-year relationship with ex-Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire
‘I was able to see first-hand how we could invest money quickly, get people into work and provide housing off the back of it. Where we had success last year, we’ll double-down,’ the Epping MP said.
He also said he was happy to work with whoever was voted the new Nationals leader on Wednesday following John Barilaro’s resignation.
Mr Perrottet said being a father of six was ‘demanding’, but he felt enriched by his family responsibilities.
Lobby group Business NSW welcomed Mr Perrottet’s appointment, saying he would provide a ‘steady hand’ for the post-lockdown period.