A Fresh Start for NSW as Minns Government interim Ministry sworn in
NSW Premier Chris Minns and Deputy Premier Prue Car have been sworn in at Government House Sydney.
Labor leader Chris Minns has been sworn in as the 47th premier of NSW, alongside Prue Car, the second woman to become deputy premier of the state.
While Liberal gains in key seats have dampened Labor’s hopes for a majority government, the interim Minns ministry took the reins of government at a small ceremony at Government House on Tuesday.
A handful of close family and staffers were there to witness Governor Margaret Beazley urge the eight MPs to savour the “unique moment” in their lives.
The enormity of the occasion showed on the 43-year-old premier’s face as he raised his eyebrows at wife Anna after taking his oath.
“We don’t know the final composition of the next parliament but my team and I are ready to hit the ground running,” he later told reporters.
“We know there’s a huge responsibility on our shoulders and work starts today.”
Ms Car became the second woman to become deputy NSW premier after Carmel Tebbutt, while also taking the education and early learning portfolio.
NSW Premier Chris Minns faces the prospect of minority government but has ruled out doing deals with independent MP Gareth Ward if he clings on to his south coast seat of Kiama.
|Ministerial portfolio||Interim portfolio responsibilities|
|Prue Car||Deputy Premier |
Minister for Education and Early Learning
|Penny Sharpe||Minister for the Environment |
Minister for Heritage
Vice-President of the Executive Council
|John Graham||Special Minister of State |
Minister for Roads
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Night-time Economy and Music
|Daniel Mookhey||Treasurer |
Minister for the Gig Economy
|Ryan Park||Minister for Health and Regional Health |
Minister for Mental Health
Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast
|Jo Haylen||Minister for Transport|| |
|Michael Daley||Attorney General|
The remainder of the new Ministry will be sworn in shortly.
“I am humbled that the people of NSW have put their trust in us. And the work starts right away,” NSW Premier Chris Minns said.
“NSW has voted for a fresh start for NSW, and to put people at the heart of government – to invest in the human capital that runs our essential services.
“There’s not a moment to lose in delivering on our plans, particularly for essential workers and essential services in health and education.
“We know there are challenges ahead and accept our responsibility to meet them.
“My message to people of this state is that we will govern for all of NSW. That’s what people expect and deserve.”
NSW Deputy Premier Prue Car said: ”
“The people of NSW have provided a mandate for change and a fresh start.
“This Government has committed to a significant program of investment in education and health, repairing essential services, helping with the cost of living, improving housing and rental supply and affordability, and boosting local manufacturing, jobs and skills. Energy security is also an immediate priority.
“It is top of our agenda to invest in our education system for current and future generations and start negotiations on public sector wages as we fulfill our commitment to better remunerate our essential workers,” she said.