Premier seals support of three key Independents
26th March 2019
Before Saturday's election the independents asked Ms Berejiklian to create a "transition authority" to oversee government assistance for the state's coal-mining regions as coal power is replaced by renewable energy.
"We ask you to commit to a ten-year adjustment strategy for coal mining communities backed by financial resources to affected regions," they wrote.
They also asked for changes to the operation of parliament to give individual MPs more influence relative to political parties.
Ms Berejiklian said the MPs had raised the same requests in their Monday meeting. "I was open to their suggestions," she said. "There were no surprises on either side."
There is no written agreement, but Ms Berejiklian has promised that her staff will provide the three MPs with a response to their requests this week, Mr Greenwich said. Detailed action will have to wait for the appointment of ministers.
"It is very much a good-faith agreement," Mr Greenwich said. "I would expect by the end of the week we could have a clearer understanding from the premier about the way we are getting progress."
Ms Berejiklian and Deputy Premer John Barilaro are going through the process of selecting the cabinet, which the premier said would be sworn in early next week, suggesting the cabinet may be announced over the weekend.
The last undecided seat, East Hills in Sydney's west, was called by the ABC for the Liberal Party candidate Wendy Lindsay, who was leading by 0.6 per cent after 82 per cent of the votes were counted, a swing of 0.2 per cent to the government.
Appointing a Coalition speaker will make the sensitive task of finding jobs for 47 other Coalition MPs slightly easier. The Labor Party has pushed its leader to step aside until after the federal election, when it plans to hold a vote of members for his job.
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