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after the media frenzy « Previous | |Next »
September 1, 2005

Most of the focus in NSW of late has been on the John Brogden's drunken behaviour, his 'mail order bride' comments at a bar in the Hilton Hotel, his resignation from leadership of the Liberal Opposition Party, and then his attempted suicide due to media and political pressure, shame and humiliation.

More recently, attention has shifted to the Liberal's factional warfare and the dirty hands of the senior social conservative (Catholic) right and the dirt pushing in its cultural war with the social liberals, the role of the tabloid media (The Daily Telegraph) in recycling unsourced and salacious gossip, and where to draw the line between private and public spheres. There are no such lines for the attack dog tabloid media of News Ltd.

A key political issue here is the failure of the NSW Liberals to lay a glove on an unpopular NSW Labor Government. They've got problems.

What has been forgotten in the murky world of the media feeding frenzy after Brodgen's resignation, is the poor state of the infrastructure in the global city of Sydney and in NSW.

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John Hewson, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, highlights the infrastructure problem:

If they run at all, the trains don't run on time and they are of questionable quality. Despite what the Government claims, hospital queues are lengthening, many hospitals are poorly demographically located and, in some cases, the quality is deteriorating. Similarly, many schools are deteriorating, are underfunded, and there is a constant debate about quality. Roads policy is, at best, ad hoc, as is planning. The public sector in many cases is bloated and needs to be reviewed in terms of numbers, quality and, most importantly, culture.

Though Hewson has not mentioned water, energy and the sustainability of the city, he mentions enough to indicate that we have a classic example of bad governance by the state government.

However, the NSW Liberal Party cannot turn this state of affairs to its advantage. It is more consumed with protecting factional colleagues and adding to them to gain control fo the party, than worrying about bad governance in NSW. It is the faction, definitely not the good of the citizens of NSW, that is now the chief concern.

They are even more concerned with the factional blood-letting than the good of the Liberal Party itself. In so turning on itself, the Party has lost sight of the goal of winning government in NSW.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:37 AM | | Comments (0)
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