McKell Institute Fellow Darrin Barnett says having a “new face” in the government will add a “degree of uncertainty” for residents in New South Wales.

Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday was sworn in as the official 46th NSW Premier, replacing former Premier Gladys Berejiklian after her shock resignation last Friday.

“They’re big shoes to fill, there’s no two ways about it that Gladys had led New South Wales through the difficulties of the crisis,” Mr Barnett said.

“People will miss the familiar face that Gladys provided, and it will take some getting used to and, obviously, if case numbers do go up again or if regions do go into lockdown, familiarity is actually a really important part of communication from government.

“Having a new face will add a degree of uncertainty for the public but, equally, he has been around for quite some time, he’s been treasurer for quite some time, let’s give him the chance to do the best that he can at a very important job.”

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