In safe hands

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION OURS & YOURS -

THE loom­ing state Bud­get looks, sounds and feels like a pre-elec­tion spendathon — the kind of doc­u­ment usu­ally rolled out just be­fore polling day.

It might be a year or so early, but we hope Bud­get 2017 achieves the de­sired re­sult, be­cause the gov­ern­ment of Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian al­ready looks as though it will de­serve to hold power in 2019.

Some­thing dra­matic will have to hap­pen to trans­form tired old La­bor into a re­motely electable gov­ern­ment-in-wait­ing. The once-hailed NSW La­bor Party is nowhere near co­her­ent or con­fi­dent enough to be se­ri­ously con­sid­ered in its cur­rent in­car­na­tion.

Af­ter the drama of the past year in NSW pol­i­tics, Ms Bere­jik­lian has proved to be the no-non­sense, hard­work­ing Premier the state de­serves.

In­fras­truc­ture is al­ready taken care of, so this Bud­get is closely fo­cused on health and ed­u­ca­tion — an in­di­ca­tion the gov­ern­ment is well aware of what it needs to be do­ing most ur­gently: con­vinc­ing NSW fam­i­lies they have not been for­got­ten.

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