In safe hands
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.