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The Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW, 3 March 2015


The Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW,  addressed a Major Business Lunch for over 550 senior business executives in an interactive discussion around “Rebuilding NSW – the next steps”.  This lunch was proudly sponsored by Optus and Macquarie Capital.

Mike Baird was elected Leader of the NSW Liberal Party on Thursday 17 April, 2014, and later that day was sworn in as the state’s 44th Premier by the Governor, Professor Marie Bashir. Mike is also the Minister for Western Sydney and the Minister for Infrastructure. 

NSW is now leading the nation’s state economies by delivering strong economic management:

The Baird Liberal Team is improving transport across the stateThe Baird Liberal Team is building Sydney’s missing road links and developing infrastructure in NSWThe Baird Liberal Team is delivering better frontline health servicesUnder the Baird Government, Police numbers are at record highsThe Baird Government has undertaken the biggest reforms in decades in school education, vocational education and training, early childhood and university sectorsThe Baird Liberal Team is committed to protecting the vulnerable.

Mike has represented Manly in the NSW Parliament since 2007. Following the election of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government on 26 March 2011, Mike Baird was appointed Treasurer of NSW and in September 2012, he gained the Industrial Relations portfolio. 

Prior to his election to Parliament, Mike was Head of Institutional Banking for HSBC in Australia and New Zealand. Mike has 18-year banking career incorporating corporate banking, securitisation, debt capital markets and project finance in Australia, London and Hong Kong. 

Under Mike’s direction as Treasurer, NSW moved from being the economic laggard of the nation to the leading state economy on the measures of economic and jobs growth and is dedicated to continuing to make a positive difference in our state.  As a result of his expense control and balance sheet management, expenses have now come in under budget for three consecutive years and NSW has retained its AAA credit rating, while every other state, apart from Victoria, has suffered a downgrade.

With the planned electricity asset sales, and a focus on Innovation Initiative, Open Ideas and Data, and Social Housing, this event was of significant to all NSW businesses.

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