Gladys Berejiklian

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Gladys Berejiklian

MP
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45th Premier of New South Wales
Elections: 2019
Assumed office
23 January 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor David Hurley
Margaret Beazley
Deputy John Barilaro
Preceded by Mike Baird
Ministerial positions
62nd Treasurer of New South Wales
In office
2 April 2015 30 January 2017
PremierMike Baird
Preceded by Andrew Constance
Succeeded by Dominic Perrottet
Minister for Transport
In office
3 April 2011 2 April 2015
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Mike Baird
Preceded by John Robertson
Succeeded byAndrew Constance (as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure)
Minister for Industrial Relations
In office
2 April 2015 30 January 2017
PremierMike Baird
Preceded byAndrew Constance
Succeeded by Dominic Perrottet
Minister for the Hunter
In office
23 April 2014 2 April 2015
PremierMike Baird
Preceded by Mike Gallacher
Succeeded byabolished
Party leadership positions
21st Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
Assumed office
23 January 2017
Deputy Dominic Perrottet
Preceded byMike Baird
Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
In office
17 April 2014 23 January 2017
LeaderMike Baird
Preceded by Jillian Skinner
Succeeded by Dominic Perrottet
Constituency
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Willoughby
Assumed office
22 March 2003
Preceded by Peter Collins
Succeeded by
Personal details
Born (1970-09-22) 22 September 1970 (age 48)
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal Party
Other political
affiliations
Coalition
Residence Northbridge [1]
OccupationBanker, politician
Website https://www.gladys.com.au

Gladys Berejiklian (born 22 September 1970) is an Australian politician serving as the 45th and current Premier of New South Wales and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, offices which she assumed on 23 January 2017 following the resignation of Mike Baird. She has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2003, representing the seat of Willoughby.

Premier of New South Wales head of government for the state of New South Wales, Australia

The Premier of New South Wales is the head of government in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Government of New South Wales follows the Westminster system, with a Parliament of New South Wales acting as the legislature. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, and by modern convention holds office by virtue of his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.

Mike Baird New South Wales politician and premier

Michael Bruce Baird is an Australian investment banker and former politician who was the 44th Premier of New South Wales, the Minister for Infrastructure, the Minister for Western Sydney, and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party from April 2014 to January 2017.

New South Wales Legislative Assembly one of the two chambers of the Parliament of New South Wales

The New South Wales Legislative Assembly is the lower of the two houses of the Parliament of New South Wales, an Australian state. The upper house is the New South Wales Legislative Council. Both the Assembly and Council sit at Parliament House in the state capital, Sydney. The Assembly is presided over by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

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Before becoming Premier, Berejiklian was the Treasurer of New South Wales and Minister for Industrial Relations in the second Baird government, [2] [3] and Minister for Transport in the O'Farrell and first Baird governments. [4] She was also the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party between 2014 and 2017. On 23 March 2019, she was re-elected as Premier of New South Wales when the Liberal National coalition won the 2019 state election.

Treasurer of New South Wales

The Treasurer of New South Wales, known from 1856 to 1959 as the Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales, is the minister in the Government of New South Wales responsible for government expenditure and revenue raising and is the head of the New South Wales Treasury. The Treasurer plays a key role in the economic policy of the government.

Second Baird ministry

The Second Baird ministry was the 95th ministry of the Government of New South Wales, and was led by Mike Baird, the state's 44th Premier. It is the second and subsequent of two occasions when Baird served as Premier.

The O'Farrell ministry was the 93rd ministry of the Government of New South Wales, and was led by Barry O'Farrell, the state's 43rd Premier.

Early years and background

Berejiklian was born in Sydney, the eldest of three daughters born to Armenian immigrant parents, Krikor and Arsha. [5] Her grandparents were orphaned in the Armenian Genocide in 1915. [6] Berejiklian spoke only Armenian until she was five years old, when she began learning English. [7] She has remained involved in the Armenian-Australian community, serving a term on the Armenian National Committee of Australia. [8] In 2015, she attended a commemoration ceremony in Yerevan for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. [6]

Sydney State capital of New South Wales and most populous city in Australia and Oceania

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

Armenians ethnic group native to the Armenian Highland

Armenians are an ethnic group native to the Armenian Highlands of Western Asia.

Armenian Genocide systematic killing of Armenians residing in the Ottoman Empire

The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported from Constantinople to the region of Angora (Ankara), 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases—the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian Desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre. Other ethnic groups were similarly targeted for extermination in the Assyrian genocide and the Greek genocide, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy. Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.

Berejiklian attended North Ryde High School, which became Peter Board High School from 1986, a public, co-educational school in North Ryde. [9] She was a member of Girl Guides and continues to support the organisation. [10] She has a Bachelor of Arts (1992) and a graduate diploma in international studies (1996) from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Commerce from the University of New South Wales (2001). [11] She joined the Liberal Party in 1993 and was president of the New South Wales Young Liberals from 1997 to 1998, being the third female president in its history. [12] She also served as a Delegate to State Council (1996–2003), Urban Representative of the NSW Liberal Party State Executive (1997–2003), Campaign Director for State seat of Willoughby (1999) and Chair of Convention Committee (2002). Berejiklian also worked for Peter Collins and Senator Helen Coonan and the Commonwealth Bank as general manager, Youth Retail Banking and Government & Industry Affairs. [13]

Peter Board High School

Peter Board High School, known from 1962-1985 as North Ryde High School, is a former government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, that was located North Ryde, a lower north shore suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The school opened in 1962 and closed in 1998.

State schools, called public schools in North America and many other countries, are generally primary or secondary schools mandated for or offered to all children without charge, funded in whole or in part by taxation.

North Ryde, New South Wales Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

North Ryde is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. North Ryde is located 15 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Ryde. North Ryde is in the Northern Suburbs region of Sydney.

Berejiklian supports the Australian republican movement. [14] [ not in citation given ]

Republicanism in Australia is a movement to change Australia's system of government from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. Republicanism was first espoused in Australia before Federation in 1901. After a period of decline after Federation, the movement again became prominent at the end of the 20th century after successive legal and socio-cultural changes loosened Australia's ties with the United Kingdom.

Parliamentary career

Berejiklian (right) with Andrew Stoner, Victor Dominello and Liberal Leader Barry O'Farrell in 2008 Dominello with coalition leadership.JPG
Berejiklian (right) with Andrew Stoner, Victor Dominello and Liberal Leader Barry O'Farrell in 2008

Early years

Berejiklian won Liberal preselection for Willoughby in 2003 when former Opposition Leader Peter Collins, who had represented the Willoughby area since 1981, decided to retire. Willoughby has historically been a comfortably safe Liberal seat even by northern Sydney standards; counting its time as Middle Harbour, it has been held by the Liberals, their predecessors or a conservative independent for all but one term since 1927. However, she faced a spirited challenge from Pat Reilly, the longtime mayor of the City of Willoughby, who nearly took the seat on Labor preferences. Ultimately, Berejiklian won by 144 votes, with the Liberals suffering a swing of 10.9 points. However, Berejiklian easily saw off a rematch with O'Reilly after picking up a healthy swing of 14.5 points, enough to revert Willoughby to its traditional status as a comfortably safe Liberal seat. She hasn't faced a serious challenge since, with Labor often being pushed into third place.

Captain Peter Edward James Collins, was the Leader of the Opposition in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 4 April 1995 to 8 December 1998.

Middle Harbour was an electoral district for the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, named after Middle Harbour, Sydney. It was first created in 1904, partly replacing Warringah and Willoughby. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into North Shore. It was recreated in 1988, replacing Willoughby, and abolished in 1991, being replaced by Willoughby.

City of Willoughby Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The City of Willoughby is a local government area on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north of the Sydney central business district. It was first proclaimed in October 1865 as the Municipality of North Willoughby.

Berejiklian joined the front bench in 2005 as Shadow Minister for Mental Health and was appointed to the opposition front bench portfolio of Transport by Peter Debnam in 2006. Following the 2007 State election, she was given the shadow portfolio of Citizenship by Opposition Leader O'Farrell in his Shadow Ministry. [15]

Following the election of the O'Farrell government at the 2011 state election, on 3 April 2011 Berejiklian was appointed Transport Minister. [16] The major achievements in her term as Minister for Transport include the extension of the Sydney Light Rail Dulwich Hill Line from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill; [17] the phased introduction of the Opal card; [18] [19] and commencement of construction of the North West Rail Link. [20] She was also Transport Minister at the time the NSW government stopped trains running to Newcastle Station, which now terminate at Wickham. [21] The former rail corridor has now been re-zoned by Newcastle City Council and a proportion of that land is expected to be sold. [22]

Deputy leadership

On 17 April 2014, Mike Baird was elected Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, and hence Premier, following the resignation of Barry O'Farrell. Berejiklian was elected as Baird's deputy. [23] In a subsequent ministerial reshuffle, in addition to her existing responsibilities, on 23 April 2014 Berejiklian was sworn in as the Minister for the Hunter. [11] [24]

Berejiklian was appointed as Treasurer of New South Wales and Minister for Industrial Relations following a cabinet reshuffle announced on 1 April 2015 by Premier Baird, after the 2015 state election. [2] [3] [25] [26] As Treasurer, Berejiklian oversaw New South Wales's return to surplus. [27] This was the first time New South Wales had been declared debt-free in more than 20 years. [28] She also oversaw the part-privatisation of the state's electricity network. [29]

Premier of New South Wales

Following the resignation of Mike Baird as NSW Liberal leader and Premier on 19 January 2017, Berejiklian announced her intention to succeed him as the leader of the Liberal Party, and hence to become the 45th Premier of New South Wales. Baird endorsed Berejiklian as his successor, declaring that she would be "an outstanding Premier... No doubt about it." [30] A deal was struck between the moderate, centre-right, and right factions of the Liberal Party, facilitating the moderate Berejiklian's rise to the leadership, with conservative Dominic Perrottet as her deputy. [31] The next day, ministers Andrew Constance and Rob Stokes—Berejiklian's only serious leadership challengers—decided not to contest the leadership, and instead opted to endorse Berejiklian. This left Berejiklian to take the leadership unopposed at the ensuing leadership contest held on 23 January. [32] [33] [34] She was duly sworn in as Premier later that day, becoming the second woman to hold the post. The first was Labor's Kristina Keneally, who served in the position from 2009 to 2011.

In October 2018, Berejiklian permitted advertising for The Everest stakes to be projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House (a move spearheaded by radio broadcaster Alan Jones), drawing widespread condemnation and criticism from many in the community, with a poll declaring that 80% of respondents opposed this decision. [35]

2019 New South Wales state election

Berejiklian led the Coalition into the 2019 state election, becoming the second woman to take a major party into an election in NSW. With polls showing the race at a knife-edge, the Coalition suffered a swing of six seats, cutting its numbers down to 48 seats, a bare majority of two. This made Berejiklian the third woman elected as a state premier in Australia, after Anna Bligh and Annastacia Palaszczuk from Queensland, and the first non-Labor woman to lead a party to a state election victory in Australia.

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New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Peter Collins
Member for Willoughby
2003–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
John Robertson
Minister for Transport
2011–2015
Succeeded by
Andrew Constance
as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Preceded by
Mike Gallacher
Minister for the Hunter
2014–2015
Portfolio abolished
Preceded by
Andrew Constance
Treasurer of New South Wales
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Dominic Perrottet
Minister for Industrial Relations
2015–2017
Preceded by
Mike Baird
Premier of New South Wales
2017–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jillian Skinner
Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Dominic Perrottet
Preceded by
Mike Baird
Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
2017–present
Incumbent