How would you like to be put in charge of the Titanic after it hit the iceberg?
Last night was probably the high point of the O’Farrell administration, and he was very excited but he could have been more guarded about the rosy future that awaits NSW. He promised honesty, “competency” and making NSW the First State again. He sensibly promised very little during the election campaign and he will need to be careful about raising expectations.
“We have the plans, we’ve got the people, we know we can fix this state”.
Just have a good look at the books. That is one of the first items on the agenda and just as well. Many years of mismanagement cannot be corrected quickly. Some time will be required to find just how much water the Titanic has taken. And a lot more time will be required to pump it out. Just one example: there are suggestions that the redevelopment of the Royal North Shore Hospital has run massively over budget (courtesy of various ALP friends and relations) and so the money that Jillian Skinner planned for much-needed major work on other hospitals has probably been spent already.
Barry heads the most inexperienced administration in living memory and a party that has recently divided along factional lines that have to relevance to the real world of policy. How quickly is that going to change?
John Robertson will hopefully lead the new Opposition which will be a good thing because everyone can be reminded daily that he was a significant part of the iceberg that punctured the state’s finances.
Anyway, tomorrow I fly out to Melbourne.