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Barry O’Farrell has served in the New South Wales Parliament since
1995. He has a strong interest in infrastructure policy and projects,
having served as the Chief of Staff to the Transport Minister in the
Greiner Government. O’Farrell spent a lot of time consulting with the
infrastructure sector in Opposition, including on the architecture and
function of Infrastructure NSW.
Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals
Andrew Stoner joined the Parliament in 1999, following a career in small
business and the public service. He has held a range of infrastructure
portfolios in opposition, including roads and ports. Prior to the election,
Mr Stoner mooted options for network tolling mechanisms to fund PPP
projects in Sydney.
An investment banker and son of former Transport Minister Bruce Baird,
Mike was elected at the 2007 election. He is a strong supporter and
advocate for the need to reform public administration – including active
support for the 2008 proposal to sell the state’s electricity sector.
Gladys Berejiklian – a relative newcomer to the Parliament – has held the
transport portfolio for five years. First elected in 2003, her career before
politics included a period as a political adviser, before a successful career
Finance and Housing
Greg Pearce is a former Freehills Partner with a good understanding of
financial management and reform. The reform of the allocation of acts
by O’Farrell means that Pearce also holds control over most of the state’s
assets – and will be important in driving reform in areas like social housing
Roads and Ports
One of the government’s most experienced MPs, Duncan Gay, supported
high-speed rail in his 1988 maiden speech, which would position
Canberra Airport as an alternative second airport for Sydney. He has held
mainly infrastructure related portfolios, including previous stints in roads
and industry portfolios.
Planning and Infrastructure, Minister Assisting the Premier on
Brad Hazzard held a wide range of portfolios in Opposition, picking up
responsibility for planning in 2007 and infrastructure in 2008. He will
oversee the delivery of a new planning act for New South Wales, and will
be responsible for the day-to-day operation of Infrastructure NSW.
Jillian Skinner has flagged a greater role for the private sector in healthcare
provision, specifically in the treatment of chronic diseases, but is yet to go
into any detail. Jillian wants to overhaul hospital emergency departments
by providing patients with real-time information on waiting times.
Barry the Builder – Can he fix it?
O’Farrell says, ‘without Federal Government
assistance, without working with the private sector,
without the state doing better, we will not solve the
problems across this state.’
For their part, the New South Wales public
are expecting real changes. In the days after the
election, a website doing the rounds – www.
visitors with a giant ‘NO’.
While it was then (and is now) far too soon to
expect the new government to have delivered real
change – it is a reminder that public expectations
The change of government in New South Wales
has marked a paradigm shift in the state’s reform
agenda – there is now a unique opportunity for
reform, that is matched by a public appetite and
expectation of change. The early indications are
that the opportunity won’t be wasted.
without working with
the private sector,
without the state doing
better, we will not solve
the problems across
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