New South Wales Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian confirms she will stand for the state’s top job, as outgoing Premier Mike Baird says: “I haven’t backed anyone”.
Mike Baird announced his resignation yesterday, citing the need to support his family.
A partyroom meeting is planned for Monday and a leadership spill is expected to happen on Tuesday, but it is unlikely there will be a ballot, as the ABC has been told the leadership positions will be decided by the partyroom earlier.
On ABC News, Mr Baird said he had not backed anyone.
“Gladys Berejiklian would be outstanding, no doubt about it,” he said.
“There is an incredible, talented group of ministers, many have huge potential both short-term and long-term.”
In a statement confirming she would run for the top job, Ms Berejiklian said she was “deeply saddened” by Mr Baird’s decision to retire.
“Mike has been an inspiring leader and a man of enormous integrity who has left an outstanding and indelible mark on the state of NSW,” she said.
“Today is Mike’s day — but I would like to make it clear that I will be standing for the leadership.”
It is likely that Dominic Perrottet will be the deputy leader of the NSW Liberal Party.
The ABC understands Transport Minister Andrew Constance is also considering running.
While it was expected that Planning Minister Rob Stokes would also run for the leadership, he has since confirmed he will bow out of the race.
These are the likely frontrunners who may contest the leadership positions: