March 25, 2019 - 10:57 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian-Australian Gladys Berejiklian has become the first elected female Premier of Australia’s largest state of New South Wales, reports the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU).
Victory in the town of Dubbo delivered the 47th seat to the Berejiklian government giving it a one-seat majority in the 93-seat NSW legislative assembly.
A gracious Berejiklian thanked many in her speech, reserving special praise for the people of New South Wales: “No matter your background or where you live, you can be the Premier of New South Wales – a state where someone with a long surname and a woman can be the Premier.”
The Berejiklian government rules through a coalition of the Liberal and National parties, and the one-seat majority means it will not need the support of independent cross-benchers in order to pass legislation.
Berejiklian’s victory has ensured she also makes history as the first leader of the Liberal (LIB) and National (NAT) Coalition to lead her political party to a third consecutive term in office.
“This is a historic day for Armenian-Australians and for the global Armenian community, as Ms Berejiklian continues to be the most powerful Armenian woman in world politics; this time being elected in her own right to lead the executive branch of a government that runs a state of 7 million people – the largest state of a G20 nation,” said ANC-AU Executive Director, Haig Kayserian.
“The Armenian community of New South Wales is filled with joy, as support for Ms Berejiklian extends beyond party politics – the opportunity for an Armenian-Australian, for ‘Our Gladys’ to be elected was too big not to get completely behind,” Kayserian added.