|45th Premier of New South Wales|
23 January 2017
|Preceded by||Mike Baird|
|Born||22 September 1970|
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before becoming Premier, Berejiklian was the Treasurer of New South Wales and Minister for Industrial Relations in the second Baird government,and Minister for Transport in the O'Farrell and first Baird governments. She was also the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party between 2014 and 2017.
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. By convention, the Treasurer is usually a member of the NSW Parliament with a seat in the Legislative Assembly. The exception to this is Michael Egan, Michael Costa and Eric Roozendaal, who were members of the Legislative Council during their tenure as Treasurer.
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 New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure is a minister in the Government of New South Wales who has responsibilities which include bus and ferry policy, contracting and regulation, rail policy, fares and concessions, and taxi and hire car policy and regulation in New South Wales, Australia.
Berejiklian was born in Sydney, the eldest of three daughters born to Armenian immigrant parents, Krikor and Arsha.Her grandparents were orphaned in the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Berejiklian spoke only Armenian until she was five years old, when she began learning English. She has remained involved in the Armenian-Australian community, serving a term on the Armenian National Committee of Australia. In 2015, she attended a commemoration ceremony in Yerevan for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
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 5,131,326, and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.
Armenians are an ethnic group native to the Armenian Highlands.
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 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.She was a member of Girl Guides and continues to support the organisation. 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). 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. 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 Willougby (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.
Peter Board High School (abbreviation:PBHS), known from 1962-1985 as North Ryde High School (abbreviation:NRHS), is a former co-educational public high school in the northern Sydney suburb of North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.
State schools are generally primary or secondary schools mandated for or offered to all children without charge, funded in whole or in part by taxation. These schools are generally inclusive (non-selective) in admitting all students within the geographical area that they serve.
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.
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.
Berejiklian won Liberal preselection for Willoughby in 2003 when former Opposition Leader Peter Collins, who had represented the Willoughby area since 1981, opted 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. She presently sits on a majority of 24.5 percent over the Greens (23.8 percent in a "traditional" matchup with Labor), making Willoughby the sixth-safest seat in the state.
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.
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.
Following the election of the O'Farrell government at the 2011 state election, on 3 April 2011 Berejiklian was appointed Transport Minister.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; the phased introduction of the Opal card; and commencement of construction of the North West Rail Link. She was also Transport Minister at the time the NSW government stopped trains running to Newcastle Station, which now terminate at Wickham. The former rail corridor has now been re-zoned by Newcastle City Council and a proportion of that land is expected to be sold.
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.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.
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.As Treasurer, Berejiklian oversaw New South Wales's return to surplus. This was the first time New South Wales had been declared debt-free in more than 20 years. She also oversaw the part-privatisation of the state's electricity network.
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."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. 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. 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.
Duncan John Gay, an Australian politician, was the Vice-President of the Executive Council of New South Wales and the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council from May 2014 to January 2017; and the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight from April 2015 to January 2017. Gay was the Leader of the Nationals in the Legislative Council until January 2017 and was a member of the Council from 1988 to 2017, representing The Nationals.
Andrew James Constance is an Australian politician and the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure since 2 April 2015 in the second Baird and Berejiklian governments. He is the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Bega for the Liberal Party since 2003.
Anthony John Roberts, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Planning, the Minister for Housing, and the Special Minister of State since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Prior to entering politics, Roberts was a director of the public relations firm Flagship Communications. Roberts is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Lane Cove for the Liberal Party since 2003.
Bradley Ronald Hazzard, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Health and the Minister for Medical Research since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Hazzard is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Wakehurst for the Liberal Party since 1991.
Jillian Gell Skinner, an Australian politician, was the New South Wales Minister for Health in the Baird government. Skinner was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing North Shore for the Liberal Party from 1994 to 2017 and was the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party from 2007 to 2014. Between 2011 and 2015 Skinner also served as the Minister for Medical Research. On 27 January 2017, Skinner announced her intention to resign from the ministry and from Parliament.
John George Ajaka, an Australian politician, is the President of the New South Wales Legislative Council. Until 23 January 2017, he was New South Wales Minister for Ageing from April 2014, the Minister for Disability Services from August 2013, and the Minister for Multiculturalism from April 2015 in the second Baird government. Ajaka is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2007, representing the Liberal Party and he is the first Liberal Party Lebanese Australian member of an Australian parliament. Ajaka has previously served as the Minister for the Illawarra during 2013 and 2015 in the O'Farrell and first Baird government.
Michael Joseph Gallacher, an Australian politician, was the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Vice-President of the Executive Council in the O'Farrell government and Baird government from 2011 to 2014; the Minister for the Central Coast from December 2013 to May 2014; and the Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird government from April to May 2014. Gallacher has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 1996. He was the Minister for the Hunter between 2011 and 2014.
Robert Gordon Stokes, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Education since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Pittwater for the Liberal Party since 2007.
Victor Michael Dominello, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Finance, Services and Property since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Dominello is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Ryde for the Liberal Party since 2008.
Gabrielle Cecelia Upton, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for the Environment, the Minister for Local Government, and the Minister for Heritage since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Upton is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the seat of Vaucluse for the Liberal Party since 2011.
Stuart Laurence Ayres, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Sport since April 2014, the Minister for WestConnex and the Minister for Western Sydney since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Ayres is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 19 June 2010, representing the electorate of Penrith as a member of the Liberal Party. Ayres has previously served as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events between 2015 and 2017; and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services during 2014 and 2015; the Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney between 2013 and 2015; and the Minister for Fair Trading between 2013 and 2014.
Giovanni Domenic "John" Barilaro, an Australian politician, is the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales, the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Small Business, and Minister for Skills since October 2014, and the New South Wales Leader of The Nationals since November 2016.
Paul Lawrence Toole, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Lands and Forestry and the Minister for Racing in the Berejiklian government. He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing Bathurst for the Nationals since 26 March 2011.
Troy Wayne Grant, an Australian politician, is the Minister for Police and the Minister for Emergency Services since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Grant has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Dubbo for the Nationals since 2011.
Mark Raymond Speakman, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Attorney General since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Speakman is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Cronulla for the Liberal Party since 2011. He has previously served as the Minister for the Environment, the Minister for Heritage, and the Assistant Minister for Planning between April 2015 and January 2017 in the second Baird government.
Jai Travers Rowell, an Australian former politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Wollondilly for the Liberal Party from 2011 to 2018. In April 2014 Rowell was appointed as Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health during the Cabinet reshuffle under Premier Mike Baird. Under Gladys Berejiklian as Premier; Rowell was appointed as Special Advisor to the Premier and the NSW Government on Science, Industry and Innovation, a first of its kind. Rowell was the first Liberal Indigenous member of the NSW Legislative Assembly. Rowell has been appointed by Western Sydney University as a Fellow of Law.
Dominic Francis Perrottet, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Treasurer and the Minister for Industrial Relations since January 2017 in the Berejiklian government. Perrottet was elected as the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party also in January 2017. He has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the seat of Hawkesbury for the Liberal Party since 2015, having previously represented Castle Hill from 2011 to 2015.
The New South Wales Minister for Sport is a minister in the Government of New South Wales with responsibilities for the administration and support for all sporting bodies in New South Wales, Australia.
The Berejiklian ministry is the 96th ministry of the Government of New South Wales, and is led by Gladys Berejiklian, the state's 45th Premier.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
| Member for Willoughby |
| Minister for Transport |
as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
| Minister for the Hunter |
| Treasurer of New South Wales |
| Minister for Industrial Relations |
| Premier of New South Wales |
|Party political offices|
| Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party |
| Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party |