The exodus from the Perrottet government continued with the announcement of the resignation of two other ministers.
The exodus of key ministers from the Perrottet government continued with the resignation of two cabinet members and at least one citing the loss of former Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian as too “difficult to top”.
Ms Berejiklian’s departure from office amid a corruption probe prompted a number of senior ministers to abandon state politics, with NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro stepping down and Andrew Constance turning his attention to a federal tilt.
Ministers Don Harwin and Shelley Hancock joined the exodus on Saturday, both confirming they will not contest the upcoming state ballot.
Ms Hancock, who serves as local government minister, said her ‘difficult family situation’ had prevented her from committing to continuing her cabinet responsibilities.
But she also cited the “significant challenge” she personally faced after Ms Berejiklian’s departure.
“Gladys’ resignation is a loss for NSW and a personal loss for me, and something I have struggled to come to terms with,” she said in a statement.
“It is often difficult to be the only woman in the room, or one of a handful, so it is essential that women make up a larger part of the cabinet to give our views and our prospects.
“After all, we are over 50% of the population.”
Mr Harwin, who holds a wide range of ministerial positions including public service and employee relations, Indigenous affairs and the arts, was less revealing in his announcement.
Instead, the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council said “this is the right time to end my ministerial service”.
“It has been a great honor to serve in the various portfolios of Energy and Utilities, Resources, Public Service and Employee Relations, Indigenous Affairs, Heritage and as Special Minister of State since January 2017,” he said.
“I also thank Prime Minister Berejiklian for appointing me head of government to the Legislative Council.”
Mr Perrottet thanked both men for their service, describing them as “strong advocates” for their constituents.
“Mr. Harwin has held various portfolios and, as Minister of the Arts, played an important role in helping to enrich the state’s cultural offerings and striving for much-needed support to help the arts community throughout the pandemic,” said the Prime Minister. in a report.
“Ms Hancock was a strong leader in the New South Wales Parliament, serving as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly before being appointed Minister for Local Government, where she provided a valuable service in ensuring the continued role essential of local councils during the pandemic and that the municipal elections took place this year.
“I thank the ministers for their contribution to public life and their excellent service, particularly over the past two years.”