Dominic Perrottet and Chris Minns brave the public for the first time since NSW’s chaotic landslide election as the premier-elect slaps down his young son’s hilarious drink request
- Dominic Perrottet, Chris Minns out for first time
- Labor claimed massive victory in state election
Incoming NSW Premier Chris Minns has spent the morning with his family after Labor ended the Liberals’ 12-year reign in power by winning the state’s election in a landslide on Saturday night.
Mr Minns arrived at Cafe 959 in Kogarah, in Sydney‘s south, just after 11am on Sunday with his wife Anna and their three sons.
The family ordered coffees and hot chocolates for the kids.
Mr Minns’ second eldest child Nicholas, 12, asked for a flat white but his dad was quick to deny the request.
Previously sitting on a razor-thin margin of 0.1 per cent, Mr Minns comfortably retained the electorate, increasing his margin to about 20 per cent.
Chris Minns (was spotted out on Sunday morning at a cafe with his family after storming to victory at Saturday night’s state election
Mr Minns walking to get a coffee with his family after winning the NSW election
On Saturday night, the Labor party achieved an early win against the 12-year Coalition government.
The ABC has forecast a likely majority Labor government, with the Opposition set to claim at least 47 seats, including Parramatta, Penrith, and East Hills.
Shortly after 8pm, all major broadcasters had called the election in Labor’s favour after a ripple swing indicated a Coalition government was impossible.
In his commission speech, outgoing Premier Dominic Perrottet announced he would be stepping down as the Liberal Party leader, leaving the position vacant.
Asked on Sunday morning who he thought should take on the top job, Mr Perrottet remained coy.
‘It’s a matter for the party, they’ll work it out,’ he said.
Outgoing NSW premier Dominic Perrottet appeared in good spirits on Sunday morning despite his party’s crushing loss at the election
Mr Perrottet was in good spirits, despite his party suffering a crushing defeat.
He was seen leaving his home in Sydney’s north west suburb of Beecroft at about 9.30am this morning alongside retiring Pittwater MP Rob Stokes.
The outgoing Liberal leader said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family and appeared to have shrugged off his bruising defeat.
‘I’m feeling good,’ Mr Perrottet said.
‘It’s going to be great, a lot of time I’ve missed so it’s going to be good to be home.’
Mr Perrottet said he was heading to the office before going for a morning run with Mr Stokes.
Mr Perrottet said he was looking forward to devoting more time to his family
With around 55 per cent of the vote counted in Pittwater, Liberal candidate Rory Amon could lose the seat to Teal independent Jacqui Scruby.
Counting will resume on Monday.
In his concession speech on Saturday night, Mr Perrottet said his party needed a ‘fresh start’ and that he would be standing down as leader of the NSW Liberal Party.
He praised Mr Minns, telling the small crowd he believed the new premier would ‘lead with the same decency of the same integrity that he has led with so far’.
‘Ultimately, I ask everybody across New South Wales, whatever your political persuasion, to get behind him. I feel a profound sense of gratitude to have been able to serve the people of New South Wales,’ he said.
‘Make no mistake, we have made history. We have been a government for the longest time is our party was for. Our government has achieved so much in so many ways.’
In his victory speech, Mr Minns was introduced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, amid a raucous crowd chanting ‘Labor, Labor’.
He also paid respect to the outgoing premier, thanking him for running a civil campaign which could serve ‘as a model for the way democracy is done right across this country’.