'Puppet' Keneally takes reins of NSW

Nathan Rees dumped as premier of NSW, as Kristina Keneally becomes fourth leader in five years

December 4, 2009

Nathan Rees has been dumped as the premier of NSW in favour of the Kristina Keneally, who will become the State's fourth premier in five years.

The scandal and drama dominating NSW politics took another turn yesterday after a majority of the Labor caucus voted in favour of Keneally after Rees’ 15 months in the position.

The vote followed a press conference earlier in the day where Rees accused Joe Tripodi and Eddie Obeid of undermining the Government and that his replacement would be a "puppet" of the right-wing warlords.

During a press conference following her ascension to the premiership, Keneally denied any talk factional powerbrokers such as Tripodi would be pulling the strings.

Keneally, who was born in the US and moved to Australia in 1994, is the first woman to be the premier of NSW.

Carmel Tebbutt, the wife of federal Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese, has retained her position as the deputy premier.

The antics in NSW drew the ire of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who told the Labor MPs to, "Get your act together".

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