Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s chances of succeeding Gladys Berejiklian as premier of New South Wales.
Mr Perrottet, who served as Ms Berejiklian’s deputy, is poised to take the reins of the state as the party room heads into a leadership ballot on Tuesday morning.
“Dominic Perrottet does have some name recognition, he would have higher name recognition here in NSW than a lot of federal politicians and I think you can pin that to the pandemic,” Mr Clennell said.
“I really think the pandemic, as we know, has really lifted the profile of state politicians.
“It’s interesting to see Andrew Constance go federal, Perrottet’s had federal ambitions, Kean’s had federal ambitions, Barilaro’s had federal ambitions.
“And yet what we’ve seen from the pandemic is the state guys are in charge so you wonder why they all want to go to Canberra.”