Live coverage: NSW Liberal Party to meet to elect new premier
Outgoing NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell had told the Independent Commission Against Corruption he could not remember accepting a $3000 bottle of wine from former Australian Water Holdings boss, Nick Di Girolamo.
A handwritten letter of thanks from Mr O’Farrell was later tendered to ICAC, prompting the outgoing Premier’s resignation on Wednesday.
Liberal MPs will meet at 3pm today to vote on a new leader. Here are some of the frontrunners:
The current NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations was elected to State Parliament in 2007 after 18 years in banking.
As the Member for Manly, Mr Baird has served as Treasurer, Minister for Industrial Relations, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Energy, and Finance and Youth Affairs.
He is the son of Bob Baird, a former NSW and federal politician.
The current Minister for Transport was elected in 2003 after a career in finance, as well as working for former politicians Peter Collins and Helen Coonan.
As the Member for Willoughby, Ms Berejiklian has also held a number of positions in the Opposition front bench, Shadow Minister for Transport, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Citizenship, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Citizenship, Shadow Minister for Waterways, Shadow Minister for Community Services, Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, Shadow Minister for Cancer and Medical Research, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Ethnic Affairs.
Ms Berejiklian is also the former president of the NSW Young Liberal Party, serving from 1997-1998 as the party’s third female president.
The current Minister for Family and Community Services was elected in 2007 after a career including work as an ABC journalist and serving as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner for six years.
As the Member for Goulburn, Ms Goward has served as Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for the Environment, Shadow Minister for Women, and Shadow Minister for Community Services.
She is also the joint author of a biography of former Prime Minister John Howard, published in 1997 with fellow author and husband David Barnett.
The current Minister for Resources and Energy and Special Minister of State was elected in 2003, after serving several years as Lane Cove Mayor and Councillor.
He has also worked as an advisor to former federal politician Brian Pezzutti and electorate officer to former Prime Minister John Howard.
As the Member for Lane Cove, Mr Roberts has served as Minister for Resources and Energy, Special Minister of State, Minister for Fair Trading, Shadow Minister for Volunteering and the Arts, Shadow Minister for Citizenship, Shadow Minister for Juvenile Justice, and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services.