New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has announced he is retiring from politics.
Posting a statement to social media this morning, Baird says, “I’m retiring from politics. It’s been an honour to serve you, NSW.”
In the statement, Baird says he believes now is the best time to leave politics, and allow for some new faces to take control.
“As I have reflected on the approaching halfway mark of our current term of government, and the opportunity it presents to refresh the Cabinet team, I have decided that this is the perfect time for me to hand the reins over to a new Premier,” he says.
“Next week there will be a Liberal party-room meeting and a spill of leadership positions. Following that meeting, I will resign from Parliament, effective immediately. It has also been an immense honour to represent the people of Manly since 2007, and my retirement from politics will enable fresh leadership from my community.”
Read his full statement, below.
Baird has been a staunch supporter of Sydney’s controversial lockout laws, since their inception in 2014. In December 2016, the Baird Government approved a 30-minute relaxing of the lockouts, which was met with criticism from the Keep Sydney Open movement.