Mike Baird is resigning as Premier of New South Wales.
In a statement released on social media, Baird – who became Premier after the resignation of his predecessor Barry O’Farrell – announced that, seeing an opportunity to “refresh” the leadership team of New South Wales halfway through their term, has decided to hand the reins over to a new leader.
I’m retiring from politics. It’s been an honour to serve you, NSW. pic.twitter.com/eFInOqoC19
— Mike Baird (@mikebairdMP) January 18, 2017
He reflected on his government’s achievements – which are largely in the huge infrastructure projects and investment – but curiously did not mention the greyhound racing ban or the lockout laws, both of which have dominated coverage of his leadership over the past year.
There will be a Liberal leadership meeting next week to determine a new leader. Baird will resign at that meeting.
We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.
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