Michael Daley has been elected as the New South Wales Labor leader, and will take the party to the March 2019 election after Luke Foley announced on Friday that he would not re-contest his seat of Auburn
The member for Maroubra received 33 of 45 votes in a caucus meeting on Saturday afternoon, while Chris Minns received 12.
The switch left Daley’s deputy Labor leader job open, and the only nominee, Penny Sharpe, was picked as his replacement.
“The Labor party stands today as a united team, ready to govern. We are full of fighting spirit, we are hungry, we will win the election in March 2019,” Daley said in a news conference shortly after his election.
“I just want you to know, and understand this very clearly: I am not here to save the furniture. We are here to win the 2019 election. And that is what we will do for the people who rely so heavily on us.”
He pledged to make Sydney more liveable and to “stop the unfairness and overdevelopment in the planning system.”
“People feel ignored, they feel forgotten. They are represented now a government of bankers, by bankers, for bankers,” Daley said.
He also pledged to ease the cost of living and “drive down energy bills through regulation, and through the growth of the local renewable energy sector”.
Foley quit as party leader on Thursday despite denying allegations that he put his hands inside the underpants of ABC reporter Ashleigh Raper at a Christmas function in 2016.
He faced increasing pressure from within his own party to quit parliament and informed them on Friday that he would not recontest his seat during the next state election.
The party did not say whether Foley intended to remain in parliament until the next election, although it is understood that if he does so, he will probably be dumped from the party and be forced to sit on the crossbench.