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Berejiklian and Barilaro to lead

The past week has ushered in a new dawn for politics in NSW.

Former Premier Mike Baird has left an indelible mark on politics in NSW and helped shape a better future for this great State.

On Monday, 23 January I was proud to be sworn in as Deputy Premier alongside Gladys Berejiklian as she accepted the role as the 45th Premier of NSW. 

The new reinvigorated partnership between the NSW Nationals and NSW Liberal Party as part of the State Government is under negotiation.

As leader of the NSW Nationals I will fight to ensure that the government has regional NSW at the forefront of all its future decisions. After all, it is the engine room of this great State.

The NSW Nationals is taking action on council amalgamations.

The unresolved local government amalgamations in the bush is the first order of business as we stride into this new era of politics in NSW – bringing with it a new Cabinet, with new faces, fresh ideas and renewed energy.

That means that councils which are caught up in protracted legal action and yet to merge will not go ahead. Again, these immediate discussions will be limited to those councils where there are mergers pending.

I have been encouraged by Premier Berejiklian’s early commitment to engage with regional communities to ensure there is a much stronger voice in the bush.

The NSW Nationals and regional NSW won’t be taken for granted in any future negotiations and will be front and centre of all discussions around all future Cabinet negotiations.

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