Meet incoming NSW premier Chris Minns and the ‘amazing woman’ behind his dramatic rise to the top job as he sets his sights on supporting the state’s teachers.
The father-of-three and MP for Kogarah was introduced as NSW’s 47th premier on Saturday night amid raucous applause from riled-up Labor supporters.
In his first speech as premier, Chris Minns thanked his ‘wonderful’ wife Anna as a crowd of riled-up Labor fans in Brighton Le Sands began to chant her name.
‘I’m really glad she wasn’t running, I would be in trouble!’ the 47-year-old joked.
‘Thank you so much for everything, honey.’
In his first act as premier, Mr Minns has pledged to focus efforts on improving government support for teachers and ‘building up the teaching profession’.
The father-of-three and MP for Kogarah was introduced as NSW’s 47th premier on Saturday night amid raucous applause from riled-up Labor supporters
The ‘amazing’ woman behind NSW’s newly-elected premier ran several businesses while raising three children (pictured is Anna and Chris Minns on March 24)
Mr Minns said if the teaching profession didn’t receive adequate support, NSW would lose out on the ‘best and brightest’ educators.
In an interview with news.com.au, the premier said he was troubled by the declining number of Australians choosing to become teachers.
‘We need to be in a position where we’re working with people that we need to run public services in NSW, and teachers are a big, big important part of that,’ he said.
Mr Minns grew up in Penshurst, in Sydney’s St George district, and attended the University of New England in Parramatta, and Princeton University in New Jersey.
He said his parents instilled in him the ‘opportunity that comes from a good home and education’. His mother worked as a lawyer and his father was a school principal.
Like his former opponent Dominic Perrottet, Mr Minns was raised Catholic. He has been sober for over a year after giving up alcohol after the lockdowns ended.
The couple share three sons – Joe, Nicholas and George – and live in Kogarah in Sydney’s south
In 2015, Ms Minns (pictured) was the general manager of TerraCycle Australia, a waste management company that encourages users to recycle soft plastics
Mr Minns (pictured with his wife Anna) grew up in Sydney’s St George district, and attended the University of New England in Parramatta and Princeton in New Jersey
Before he landed the top job, there was a time when the father-of-three stayed at home with the kids while his wife worked tirelessly on a new business venture.
The business was TerraCycle, a waste management company that encourages users to recycle soft plastics that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Mr Minns admitted the year his wife took to set up the company ‘felt like ten’.
As well as being a stay-at-home dad, Mr Minns has also worked as a part-time firefighter and as a Hurstville city councillor.
Ms Minns has been supporting her husband every step of the way, despite juggling several businesses of her own and helping to raise their three young children.
The power couple first met at a Labor campaign held at a Pizza Hut in 1999 and 24 years later are raising three sons in their Kogarah home in Sydney’s south.
‘From the moment I set eyes on [Anna] at Beverly Hills Pizza Hut in 1999, I knew she was the one,’ Mr Minns tweeted last year.
Chris and Anna Minns (pictured) first met at a Labor campaign in Sydney’s south in 1999
The couple are pictured on Election Day in 2015 where Mr Minns won the seat of Kogarah
Ms Minns studied arts and graduate law at the University of NSW, where she received her first taste of politics after joining the youth wing of the ALP
Ms Minns recently landed a role as CEO and co-founder of Boomerang Labs, described as a hub connecting companies and government bodies with founders and innovators to tackle challenges like design and resource use.
The businesswoman studied arts and graduate law at the University of NSW where she joined Young Labor, the youth wing of the ALP, and worked as the criminal prosecutor for the Department of Public Prosecutions.
But it was her passion for politics that saw her meet and fall in love with her future husband while they campaigned for former Labor premier Bob Carr in 1999.
In the lead-up to the 2023 election, Mr Minns pledged to return the steady support he had received from his ‘wonderful’ wife throughout his political career.
‘I don’t know what she will do when this is all done, but if I can be there for her (career), I definitely will,’ he said.
‘She does a lot for me and for us. I really rely on her. I really love her,’ he said.
Ms Minns was seen campaigning with Jodie Haydon, the partner of PM Anthony Albanese, in Mortdale in Sydney’s south during the lead-up to the state election on Saturday
Mr Minns has pledged to return the steady support he has received from his ‘wonderful’ wife Anna (the couple are pictured just hours before he was announced NSW’s 47th premier)
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