Can someone tell Gladys she’s not Premier anymore? Berejiklian STILL says she’s in the top job on Instagram … but Dom Perrottet was VERY quick to add his new role to his bio
- Gladys Berejiklian’s Instagram biography still says she is the Premier of NSW
- New premier Dominic Perrottet was quick to add the top job to his information
- Ms Berejiklian resigned Friday after ICAC announced she is being investigated
Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Instagram biography still says she’s in the state’s top job – but new premier Dominic Perrottet updated his within hours of getting the role.
Mr Perrottet, 39, shared a picture 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, despite resigning as state leader last Friday.
Ms Berejiklian (pictured on Wednesday) resigned on Friday prompting an outpouring of support from fans
As of Thursday, Ms Berejiklian’s Instagram bio still reads that she is the ‘Premier of NSW’
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 has gained more than 75,000 signatures.
The state’s corruption watchdog disclosed Ms Berejiklian was being investigated for potential breaches of public trust during her secret five-year relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.
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.
The new premier 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.
Mr Perrottet (pictured) was sworn in to the NSW Premier role on Tuesday
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.
‘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.
The former premier walks by her office in Willoughby which has been awash with flowers and supportive signs since the weekend (pictured)
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.