Gladys Berejiklian

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The Honourable
Gladys Berejiklian
MP
Gladys Berejiklian.JPG
45th Premier of New South Wales
Assumed office
23 January 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor David Hurley
Deputy John Barilaro
Preceded by Mike Baird
21st Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
Assumed office
23 January 2017
Deputy Dominic Perrottet
Preceded by Mike Baird
62nd Treasurer of New South Wales
In office
2 April 2015 – 30 January 2017
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by Andrew Constance
Succeeded by Dominic Perrottet
Minister for Industrial Relations
In office
2 April 2015 – 30 January 2017
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by Andrew Constance
Succeeded by Dominic Perrottet
Minister for the Hunter
In office
23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by Mike Gallacher
Succeeded by abolished
Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
In office
17 April 2014 – 23 January 2017
Leader Mike Baird
Preceded by Jillian Skinner
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 by Andrew Constance (as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure)
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Willoughby
Assumed office
22 March 2003
Preceded by Peter Collins
Personal details
Born (1970-09-22) 22 September 1970 (age 46)
Manly, Sydney, Australia
Political party Liberal
Residence Northbridge[1]
Occupation Banker, politician
Website https://www.gladys.com.au

Gladys Berejiklian (born 22 September 1970) is the 45th 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.

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 and the Minister for the Hunter in the first Baird government.[4] She was also the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party between 2014 and 2017.

Early years and background[edit]

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]

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 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.[13]

Berejiklian supports the Australian republican movement.[14]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Berejiklian (right) with Andrew Stoner, Victor Dominello and Liberal Leader Barry O'Farrell

Early years[edit]

Elected as the Member for Willoughby in 2003, 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] Berejiklian has been outspoken against the former NSW Labor Government's handling of trains, buses and ferries.[17] 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;[18] the phased introduction of the Opal card;[19][20] and commencement of construction of the North West Rail Link.[21]

Deputy leadership[edit]

On 17 April 2014, Mike Baird was elected Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party and Berejiklian was elected Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party following the resignation of Barry O'Farrell.[22] 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][23]

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][24][25] As Treasurer, Berejiklian oversaw New South Wales' return to surplus.[26] This was the first time New South Wales had been declared debt-free in more than 20 years.[27] She also oversaw the privatization of the states electricity network.[28]

Premier of New South Wales[edit]

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."[29] 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, and for Dominic Perrottet of the right to become the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party.[30] 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 January 23.[31][32][33] 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. Berejiklian is also the first non-Labor female state premier in Australia.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chancellor, Jonathan. "Gladys Berejiklian sells North Willoughby townhouse". propertyobserver.com.au. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Coultan, Mark (1 April 2015). "Mike Baird reveals NSW cabinet". The Australian. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gladys Berejiklian: sky’s the limit for self-made Liberal", The Australian, 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian, granddaughter of Armenian genocide victims, attends commemoration service in Yerevan", ABC News, 24 April 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  7. ^ "The things you didn't know about Gladys Berejiklian", The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  8. ^ "News". anc.org.au. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Jacobs, Rachael (23 January 2017). "Gladys Berejiklian: why she breaks the Liberal Party mould". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "WAGGGS Party Time" (PDF). The Waratah. March 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "The Hon. Gladys BEREJIKLIAN, BA, DIntS, MCom MP". Current members. Parliament of New South Wales. 23 April 2014. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Past Presidents of the Young Liberals". Young Liberal Movement. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Corporation, Curriculum (30 September 2006). "Parliament@Work Search". curriculum.edu.au. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Asia". economist.com. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "ANC Australia Congratulates Berejiklian on Milestone". Armenian National Committee of Australia. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "New faces in Barry O'Farrell's Cabinet". The Australian. News Limited. AAP. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  17. ^ Gare, Shelley (25 August 2011). "Can she fix it?". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  18. ^ Saulwick, Jacob (27 March 2014). "Rain fails to dampen Barry O'Farrell's launch of tram extension to Dulwich Hill". The Age. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Test of city's ticket to ride will decide if Opal is Coalition's trump card". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Enthusiasm but few takers on Opal launch day". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 December 2012. 
  21. ^ Saulwick, Jacob (6 April 2011). "Former CBD Metro chief to drive north-west rail link". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  22. ^ "NSW Premier-elect Mike Baird promises to restore trust". Yahoo!7. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "NSW premier Mike Baird announces new cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "NSW Premier Mike Baird shapes his cabinet to implement his poles and wires plan". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  26. ^ Murphy, Damien (2015-06-23). "Berejiklian's dress is #blackandblue". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  27. ^ Irvine, Jessica (2015-12-17). "NSW budget update: Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian to declare NSW net debt "effectively zero"". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  28. ^ "The woman most likely to take Baird’s job". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  29. ^ Nicholls, Sean. (19 January 2017). "Mike Baird backs Gladys Berejiklian as 'an outstanding Premier'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2017
  30. ^ Clennell, Andrew. (19 January 2017). "Gladys Berejiklian to land top job as premier and leader of the NSW Liberal Party". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 January 2017
  31. ^ Loussikian, Kylar. (20 January 2017). "Gladys Berejiklian set for NSW Premier as Rob Stokes drops out of race". The Australian. Retrieved 20 January 2017
  32. ^ Raper, Ashleigh; Calderwood, Kathleen; Stuart, Riley. (20 January 2017). "Gladys Berejiklian is NSW's premier-in-waiting after senior Government MPs clear path for her". ABC News. Retrieved 20 January 2017
  33. ^ AAP. (20 January 2017). "Gladys Berejiklian to run unopposed for NSW Liberal Party leadership". The New Daily. Retrieved 20 January 2017

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