January 19 2017 marks the end of an era. An era that was somewhat positive for NSW but ended on a few sour notes in 2016. The hon. Mike Baird MP today announced his retirement as Premier and as a Member of Parliament effective immediately. He started his 2 years and 9 month reign as Premier on a positive note, bringing the NSW infrastructure into the forefront and providing stability and structure that we needed as a state after a turbulent few years.
But that’s where it ends. The 2015 and 2016 period is one that was marrred by many bad decisions. Starting with the Sydney CBD lockout laws, the Greyhound Ban which is on its way to being overturned, sadly the Baird legacy will be this.
Moving forward, NSW needs a Premier that is willing to tackle the hard issues, not bend over to the left but bring NSW back to the right. The hardest part of Tuesday, which is when the new Premier will be announced, will be finding out where they sit politically and how easily they are swayed.
Gladys Berijiklian, Mike Baird’s Deputy and current Treasurer is at the forefront of the runners, but Andrew Constance, current Minister for Transport and Anthony Roberts Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy are also said to be candidates.
We will just have to wait and see what happens but #anyonebutGladys would be a fantastic idea.
Premier Mike Baird delivers his resignation speech.
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