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Paul Toole is an Australian politician. He is a member of the National Party of Australia and has been the leader of the New South Wales Nationals since October 2021, and was the Deputy Premier of New South Wales from 2021-23. Toole was the Minister for Regional New South Wales in the second Berejiklian and Perrottet ministries, since April 2019; and the New South Wales Minister for Police in the Perrottet ministry since December 2021.
Toole is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing Bathurst for the Nationals since 26 March 2011. He was previously the Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals between 2019 and 2021; served as the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads between April 2019 and December 2021; the Minister for Lands and Forestry and the Minister for Racing in the First Berejiklian ministry from January 2017 until March 2019; and the Minister for Local Government in the Second Baird ministry from April 2014 until January 2017.
Paul Lawrence Toole was born on August 2, 1970 (age 52 years) in Peel, Australia. He is one of nine children raised by Trevor and Ellen Toole, of Peel, a village outside Bathurst, in the central west of New South Wales. Toole’s father was a thrice-unsuccessful candidate for state and federal political office, representing the National Party at the 1984 and 1995 state elections for Bathurst and the 1996 federal election, for Calare.
Toole’s grandfather, Jack Toole, was an unsuccessful Liberal candidate at 1956 state election, also for Bathurst. Two of Toole’s brothers were jailed in 2012 for running a major drug syndicate in Newcastle and sentenced to seven and nine years in prison. They were each arrested again, one in 2022 in Newcastle and one for dealing drugs in the Central West in 2020 and 2021, leading to a four-year prison sentence. Toole began his school teaching career in Orange in 1992. After teaching at two schools there, Toole taught at Assumption Primary School in Bathurst from 1995 to 2011.
Paul Toole was elected in 1995 as a councillor to Evans Shire Council. Evans was amalgamated with Bathurst to create the Bathurst Regional Council in 2005. He was elected to the new Council that year, filling the post of deputy mayor, becoming mayor in 2007.
Toole was the sole nominee on October 30, 2010, that sought and gained endorsement by the National Party as the candidate for the state seat of Bathurst. At the March 2011 elections, Toole was elected and recorded a swing of 36.3 points – almost unheard of in Australian politics – in the traditionally Labor seat, winning 74.8% of the two-party vote Toole’s main competitor was Labor’s Dale Turner; and his election followed the retirement of Labor member, Gerard Martin.
He picked up enough of a swing to turn Bathurst from safe Labor to safe National in one stroke. Following his election to state parliament, Toole announced his decision to immediately retire from teaching and step down as Mayor in September 2011. He stated that he will remain on Council until the 2012 local government elections.
Due to the ICAC-related resignation of Barry O’Farrell as Premier, and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader, in April 2014 Toole was promoted as the Minister for Local Government in the first Baird government; and w as reconfirmed as the Minister for Local Government in the second Baird ministry.
Paul Toole’s attempts to amalgamate a large number of councils resulted in him becoming very unpopular across the state, including in areas of his own constituency, such as Oberon and Blayney. Following the resignation of Baird as Premier, Gladys Berejiklian was elected as Liberal leader and sworn in as Premier.
Toole was sworn in on 30 January 2017 as the Minister for Lands and Forestry and the Minister for Racing in the first Berejiklian ministry. Following the 2019 state election, Niall Blair, the former Deputy Leader of the Nationals announced his resignation from parliament.
He contested the vacancy and was elected Deputy Leader. He was subsequently appointed as the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads in the second Berejiklian ministry, with effect from 2 April 2019. Following the resignation of NSW Nationals leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Melinda Pavey announced that she would contest the leadership.
Toole later announced that he would run in the leadership contest, that was to take place the following day. On 6 October 2021, Toole successfully won the leadership contest against Pavey, 15–3. Bronnie Taylor was elected unopposed as his deputy.
Paul Toole was sworn in as Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads. In a reorganization of the Perrottet ministry, Toole was sworn in as Minister for Police, relinquishing the Regional Transport and Roads portfolio, with effect from 21 December 2021. On the same day, Pavey was demoted from the ministry.