CANBERRA, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Dominic Perrottet, a social conservative and economic reformer, was on Tuesday elected as the new state premier of New South Wales, which will within days exit a months-long COVID-19 lockdown that has battered its economy.
Gladys Berejiklian last week resigned as premier of Australia’s most populous state after a corruption watchdog said it was investigating whether she was involved in conduct that “constituted or involved a breach of public trust”. read more
In a vote of the ruling Liberal Party, Perrottet – the state’s Treasurer – was elected as Berejiklian’s replacement, beating Planning Minister Rob Stokes by 39 votes to five.
“Today, begins a new chapter for New South Wales, and one that we will all write together,” Perrottet told…