While most of NSW enjoys a break from work, the state’s new premier Mike Baird will spend the Easter weekend deciding on a cabinet he says will be based on merit.
After being voted leader of the NSW Liberal Party unopposed on Thursday, Mike Baird spent a busy Good Friday rushing between meetings, church and media engagements.
His new title also gave him a ticket to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited Manly on Friday afternoon.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Baird, who’s still shocked by his predecessor Barry O’Farrell’s resignation, said no final decision on the line-up of his new cabinet had been made.
“We’re considering that over this weekend,” he said at Manly Wharf in his Northern Beaches electorate.
“The team that we take will be a team that’s experienced, it will be a team that’s visionary and it will be a team that is up for the fight.”
The former treasurer, who supports the sale of the state’s $30 billion “poles and wires” electricity infrastructure, said decisions to liquidate government assets would be “done with a mandate”.
“In terms of our asset recycle program, we are considering potential other options in the lead-up to the election but it will be done with a mandate and it will be done with the full endorsement of cabinet and the party room.”
Mr Baird will also decide whether, as premier, he keeps the portfolio of Western Sydney, as Mr O’Farrell did in office.
He supported Mr O’Farrell’s decision to stay in his seat and reconsider his position at the next election.
Mr O’Farrell resigned after giving misleading evidence to the corruption watchdog about a gift of a $3000 bottle of wine.