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Dust off your rosary beads, a conservative Catholic who has openly declared that his faith shapes his politics has just taken over as the State’s Premier.

Former Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, easily beat his Planning Minister mate Rob Stokes in a party room vote this morning to take the NSW throne.

The final vote was 39 votes to five, leading some politics watchers to ponder whether Mr Stokes’ had been convinced to toss his mask in the ring to give the impression of a competitive, democratic process.

‘I really appreciate the trust my colleagues have put in me today,’ Mr Perrottet said in a brief statement after the party room vote.

Mr Perrottet takes the tiller at a precarious time for the LNP following the resignations of the last premier, Gladys Berejiklian, her Deputy John Barilaro and Transport Minister, Andrew Constance.

‘Bugger, I’d only just figured out how to pronounce Barilaro’s name,’ one Echo news gecko was overheard saying when the Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader resigned yesterday.

Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres will become the new deputy leader and Matt Kean, who is the current Environment Minister, is expected to be promoted to Treasurer.

‘Unexpected change can bring uncertainty, and sometimes that can feel unsettling,’ Mr Perrottet said in a startling insight during a press conference following his ascension this morning.

‘But as hard as it may be, we all have a duty as a state to keep going. Today, begins a new chapter for New South Wales, and one that we will all write together.

‘Our first priority will be to continue the plan we have started;  keeping people safe, opening up the economy and securing our recovery,” he said.

‘Up until now, all of our Liberal premiers have been infrastructure premiers … and that will not change with me, but I will also be a family premier, focusing on how we can make life better for working families, living the Liberal values of opportunity, aspiration and hard work.’

Exactly what being a ‘family premier’ actually entails remains to be seen, but one suspects it may be code for the religious-inspired conservatism that has characterised Mr Perrottet’s politics to date.

In 2019 he voted against decriminalising abortion in NSW.

In 2016, he declared it was time for a ‘conservative spring’ following the election of former US President Donald Trump.

Mr Perrottet described Trump’s win as ‘a victory for people who have been taken for granted by the elites’.

‘If you question man-made climate change, you are not a sceptic,’ the post continued.

‘If you support stronger borders, you are not a racist.

‘If you want a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, you are not a homophobe.

‘If you love your country, you are not an extremist.

‘These are mainstream values that people should be free to articulate without fear of ridicule or persecution by the Left.’

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    • You ould have an atheist or Islamist who cares nothing about you. What is wrong with having faith? It does not impede ones capacity to perform any job, faith teaches you compassion, empathy and that you do not put yourself first regardless of any consequences.

      I would rather a person of faith lead my state and country.

      • Marianne,
        Please point to any evidence of the aforementioned compassion, empathy & lack of self-interest our new premier has displayed in pursuing his policies in public office. When there is an absence of evidence will that make him a hypocrite, or just another wealth-obsessed right wing prick?
        And I note his younger brother has faith too, but best his brother stay out of politics.
        Then try the same for man-of-faith our PM for Announcements and Spin who appears to have failed at that bit that forbids lying.

  1. Matt Kean as treasurer – Brilliant.
    He walks his talk of environmental reform.
    This is the most exciting news of liberal national politics Ive heard for a very long time. Keen being promoted today is nearly as good as Gladys going. Lets hope the good catholic is a team player.

  2. Prepare to re-enter the Dark Ages with Premier Perrottet.

    He is:
    * a Trumpist
    * anti-abortion
    * anti-euthanasia
    * anti-same-sex marriage
    * anti-“pronouns of choice”
    * pro-development in a big way
    * member of the Libs’ far-right faction.

    In short, a total trog.

  3. Very brave of Mr Bibby and Barry to denigrate Mr Perrottet for being a Catholic. If a Muslim had been elected, I suspect these two brave gentlemen would have been mute.

  4. FAAARRKK! I personally believe if you think Jesus is going to safe us from hell – you’re probably not a good choice in this day and age to run a state government

  5. The bible clearly states that if you are a follower of Jesus , your to be no part of the world
    So state premier is a close to being a major part of the world running the Govt is about a much as you can do
    Please dont me him speak to Morrison it will be more than scary

  6. Yea Gods…just how many are there? We know that there is a Trog God. As a kid even Jesus knew that when he tipped over the tables of money in the Temple. Gordon Balfour Haynes has nailed it…the principles that that will guide Perrottet’s vision will be deaf to the growing masses of folks really suffering during these Biblical end times!! Stay strong and start building your Ark….care for all sentient creatures with compassion and love. Build a Trust Vision for our kids.

  7. I blame the Lieberal party Federal and all States for allowing these decades of systematic branch stacking by religious fundamentalists in their safest blue ribbon seats. Most of the moderates left the party after the knifing of Turnbull prior to the last Federal election. Leaving the Evangelical and Catholic fundamentalists to battle each other for control of what used to be the Liberal party. The media really needs to inform the public of just how wide spread this problem is. Books have been written on it. “God under Howard, the rise of the religious right in Australian politics”. Marion Maddox 2005. Thats 16 years ago. The Liberal party is now a wasteland for democracy, it’s now a completely unaccountable theocracy! At least NSW has an ICAC, thats never ever going to happen under Morrisons now out of control evangelical Taliban and you all know it by now, DON’T YOU?

    • LNP has been a cesspit since Gough was undermined in trying to free Australia from being environmentally and financially raped by the mega wealthy, Britian and USA, the right now regard this country as their own private wealth generator and to hell with the people.

  8. Could you Paul Bibby or one of the posters here explain why Perrottet is being ridiculed for being a Catholic but the devout practicing Catholic Chris Minns, leader of NSW Labor and possibly the next Premier is not. Smells of gross hypocrisy.

  9. NSW the new Texas. What could possibly go wrong, he’s already sold off every State assest he could lay his paws on, and demonstrated extreme rightist beliefs.
    Seems our only hope is for their sky fairy to finally manifest and condemn the current right of politics as being the parasitical hypocrites they are.


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