Category Archives: New South Wales

NSW votes.

Well the people of New South Wales have sent a clear message to the out going Labor Government.
The last time I wrote here was just after the Federal Election in November last year and the Federal Labor Party narrowly got into government with the now famous hung parliament.
New South Wales Labor has suffered an overwhelming loss and has lost power.
What will this mean for New South Wales?

Well that is hard to know. The Liberal Party have not given us a lot of information on what the plan for NSW. They certainly have a big job ahead of them to bring NSW back to its previous standing as the “Premier State” and the leading state economy in Australia.
With a predicted majority of 66 seats in the lower house the Liberals will have a lot of power but will they get the same power in the upper house.
As we saw with the Howard Federal Government, such absolute power is a dangerous thing. As Labor have said in their campaign, such great power is like a blank cheque. Lets hope that they don’t get a blank cheque or if they do that they use it wisely.

Kristina Keneally while retaining her seat has stepped down as leader of the Labor party. I guess it is understandable. No one wants to be Opposition Leader after being Premier. So what will this mean for the next Labor leader and who will take on this poisoned chalice. Only time will tell.
I am sure there will be plenty happen in the coming months and hopefully the Liberal Party will step up to the plate and put things right in the state of New South Wales.

Polling Botths closed, now the counting begins.

So voting has now finished in The Australian Federal Election and I haven’t bothered writing about the election campaign at all. I guess this is a sign of how uninspiring I have found the whole thing.

It isn’t that there weren’t many things to write about, the media has been busy with all the happenings but I have never seen such a child like slanging match in any election before this one.

Instead of telling us what each of them will do if they are in power the Liberal and Labor parties have continually criticized each other.

It is a sad time in Australian politics when the only way you can tell the difference between the two major parties is by the fact that they don’t want you to vote for the other party.

The Greens ran a campaign based on asking people to vote for them as a protest vote. Well how can a vote for a party with unrealistic policies that are far from what mainstream Australians want. Things like no power generation from fossil fuels to no fishing at all. Their radical policies don’t give any real alternative to the major two.

The one thing for sure is it will be a close result.
My biggest fear is that who ever wins, the devil will be in the detail.

Labor dealt a blow in Penrith.

The New South Wales Labor Government has seen a massive swing against it in today’s Penrith by-election.

The Liberal Party has taken the seat of Penrith, in Sydney’s west, with a resounding swing in what was a safe Labor electorate.
Liberal candidate Stuart Ayres has received a primary vote of 17067 against John Thain, the Labor candidate, 8200 votes.
With such a massive swing against Labor it seems almost certain, if it wasn’t already, that the Labor Government in New South Wales will come to an end in next years State Elections.

In what could add an interesting twist to the in upcoming State Elections, the Greens gained a swing of 7.3% percent, which could see them holding a balance of power with a probable Liberal State Government. I am sure this will be an uncomfortable arrangement for the NSW Liberals.

What can Kristina Keneally pull out of the bag to save her party?
Will the Labor party resign themselves to defeat or will they put up a decent fight? I hope they do but do they have it in them. I just don’t know.

Western Sydney Twitter debate. What a joke.

Did you watch the Penrith Twitter debate involving Kristina Keneally, Barry O’Farrell and Lee Rhiannon among others. Well you didn’t miss much.
It was meant to be a chance for the people of Penrith, in Sydney’s west, to ask questions of politicians in the lead up to upcoming by-election in Penrith.

I believe this is the first time a debate like this has been tried on twitter and I hope it is the last. What a waste of bandwidth.
It was confusing, disjointed, crowded, unorganised and without any form at all. Maybe this was the point of using this medium, to allow an uncensored and unmoderated open debate on issues concerning people. Well I don’t think this was achieved.
The reason I think this medium was chosen was perhaps a badly thought out attempt to connect with the people (surely not from NSW politicians) but I really think it was just a lazy way to do a bit of electioneering.

A word of advise to anyone considering doing this again don’t.
It doesn’t work and unless twitter comes up with a better tool for this type of discussion it won’t work. Stick to the good television debate or the bear pit of the NSW Parliament.

Did you watch the Penrith Twitter debate ?
Let us know what you thought. Leave a comment.

Keneally insults everyone and is running out of luck.

Poor Kristina Keneally doesn’t seem to be having much luck lately.
First David Campbell leaves the front bench to deal with personal issues after his secret gay life is exposed and then she looses two more Minsters in one day. What can go wrong next? I know lets just insult the whole of Australia by down playing Barry O’Farrell’s Kokoda trail achievement as something so easy even Miss Australia has done it. Nice work Kristina.

Kristina Keneally made the gibe at Barry O’Farrell saying “Well, so did Miss Australia – so congratulations, Barry.” after he had used his completion of the trail as proof of his personal strength in a media interview.

Clearly Kristina doesn’t fully understand the significance of the Kokoda Trail to Australia. By down playing Barry O’Farrell’s effort she has insulted not only all Australians but the soldiers that that made this trek out of necessity during World War II and people who have completed the Kokoda Trail since then. She has also insulted all Australian women by suggesting that if a women, and more particularly 2007 Miss Australia winner Caroline Pemberton, can complete the trail then I can’t be so hard.

I would suggest that perhaps Kristina needs to do the Kokoda Trail and even though she claims it is something she would like to do when her kids are older I would suggest that the sooner the better. Until then maybe a bit of research about the Kododa Trail and perhaps the broader subject of Australia history would be in order.

Perhaps some research of the people that Barry O’Farrell did the trail with wouldn’t have gone astray either as Caroline Pemberton is an experienced adventure racer and one of his other fellow participants was Liberal Upper House MP Charlie Lynn has completed the trail 59 times, so Barry O’Farrell was not among beginners by any means.

After the shock loss of two Ministers when Ian McDonald and Graham West resigned from their Ministries the Keneally Government was in a state of panic. Not only did it have to fill two more ministries but it will now have to go into damage control again over Ian McDonald’s alleged travel rorts.
The New South Wales Labor Government would seem to have quite a task ahead of them if they are going to have any success in the next state election in March 2011. Kristina Keneally certainly hasn’t made the task any easier and has perhaps shown how out of touch she is with the people who she claims to represent.
I certainly look forward to an interesting election campaign that seems to be developing in New South Wales. I am sure it will provide many interesting points for discussion.

Grubby Politics? and Roads to nowhere.

It seems that the NSW Labor Government can’t get an even break these days. Part of this is their won fault and other parts are, for want of a better word, bad luck.
The latest set back to befall the NSW Government are the David Campbell Affair and the revelation that no major improvements are going to be made to the road system until 2026.
My feeling on the David Campbell affair is that it is a case of grubby politics. I can’t help but feel that this has come out at such an opportune time for the Liberal Opposition and at a target they wanted for such a long time.
The fact that David Campbell is gay does not affect his ability to represent his constituents and carry out his ministerial duties. Perhaps being hidden does damage his credibility a bit but I can understand why he did chose to hide his sexuality. He grew up and would have come to realise his sexuality in less accepting times and effects of passed attitudes would have been heavily imprinted in his mind making it scary to come out in the first place and almost impossible to come out once he had created his life with a heterosexual cloak. You can only imagine how he could have felt all these years.
Anyway moving on. I feel this is mostly a private matter between David Campbell, his wife and his children. It is sure to be a difficult time and I hope they are able to get through it in good shape.
So why do I think it is grubby politics? Well like I said it is mostly a private matter. David Campbell has not broken any laws or parliamentary rules. He has always represented his electorate well and been a good hard working Parliamentarian. Where things get grubby is when I wonder why a reporter was hanging around the front of a gay venue waiting for David Campbell to leave, and who told him he would be there. It seems like a lucky break or the reporter was given information from someone who wanted to bring David Campbell down. I don’t think anyone is about to tell us what the truth is and we will all be left to make our own conclusions. I think some significant conclusions to come from the footage are that David Campbell was sneaking out a back entrance or trying to hide from anyone as he was leaving this building. The NSW Opposition has been after David Campbell for a long time and it just seems too convenient that this happened in way that they not even got any dirt on their hands with the Opposition hardly even making a comment on the matter. Enough of that for now. I am sure those of us intelligent enough to know how politics works will know why this has been revealed in this way at this time.

It has also been revealed that the NSW Government has no plans to make any further significant improvements to the Sates road network until atleast 2026.
This is quite unbelievable. Anyone who travels in Sydney or uses the states other major roads knows that there is an urgent need for a significant upgrade of the road system in NSW. This is another example of the failure of the NSW Labor Government to properly run the State of NSW. The most unfortunate thing in my opinion is that there doesn’t really seem to be any good alternatives on the opposite side of NSW politics.

One thing is for sure. The Labor Government is going to have hard task in the up coming state election and the people of NSW have some hard decisions to make. Keep the current non performing Government or elect a seemingly ineffective Opposition. A tough decision, which way will the people decide?