For the past 18 months together, we have been battling a storm that is COVID-19. Some have lost their lives. Many have lost their livelihoods. So many sacrifices, big and small, have been made by so many for so long. Not being able to leave our homes, not being able to go to work, not being able to visit our loved ones, parents having to work and balance home school at the same time, many have missed weddings, many have missed funerals and the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones.
These sacrifices are never easy, and I know for many they had taken a huge toll, physical, financial and psychological.
In our regional communities as well, this has come off the back of floods, bushfires and drought. You do not get to choose the times in which you live and this is one of the most challenging times that our people of our state have faced, but NSW has never shied away from the challenge and we will be rising to this one as well.
Fort months, we have fought the good fight. That has been helped by the quality of our healthcare and our strong economic and financial foundations that have kept people in jobs and businesses in the business.
Now, while there are still more challenging days to come, there is light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the way that everyone across our state has responded. We want NSW to bounce back stronger, safer and more successful than ever before, to get back to the life that we love and the freedoms that we hold dear.
As a former treasurer, I know that a strong society needs a strong economy, and that is why our first priority will be to continue the plan that we have started: keeping people safe, opening up the economy and securing our recovery.
Up until now, all of our Liberal premiers have been infrastructure premiers, building roads, rail, schools and hospitals for communities right across our state, and that will not change with me, but I will also be a family Premier, focusing on how we can make life better for working families, living the Liberal values of opportunity, aspiration and hard work.
The true strength of NSW is its people, our treaties, our working mums and dads, business owners, frontline workers, teachers, workers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, police, tradies. Our state is a rich history with a rich tapestry.
No matter who you are, where you come from all what you believe, it is the greatest privilege of my life to represent and serve all of you.
I know how big the challenge ahead is for our state, but I love NSW, and that is the passion that will fuel me and fuel my team.
A stable, united government is vital to getting on with the work that we have begun, so there will be no cabinet reshuffle until we’re through this change.
Our team will bring the energy, the experience to get our state safely open again, and then take it to the next level. We live in the best state in the best country in the world, and together, we will make it better.
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