New South Wales is in such a mess, it's depressing. The state is broke and has been for some time. Barry O'Farrell, the leader of the Liberal Party has hardly opened his mouth - he doesn't have to, all he has to do is wait to be elected.
Yesterday the Greens launched their NSW election campaign and Bob Brown said he was confident they could steal two lower house seats off Labor – Marrickville and Balmain. After the election he’s expecting to have Greens in both houses of parliament.
So what are the Greens offering? The headline policy is a pledge to build three new baseload solar thermal power plants at a cost of $2.1 billion, to be paid for by issuing $525 million in Green infrastructure bonds each year over the four years of construction. With the catastrophe unfolding in Japan, this should be a popular decision. They would also provide free preschool education for two days a week for all children in NSW. Now that would be a real sweetener for working couples struggling with outrageous preschool rates in Sydney of almost $100 a day. They also intend to fill the huge hole left by lack of dental care for the vulnerable - $102.5m was earmarked for the training of specialists, new public dental clinics and services for people in remote and rural areas.
State Greens MP David Shoebridge said that NSW Labor was working overtime shredding documents in an attempt to hide its many failings", And added "They have had 16 years of failing to deliver and will be running those shredders 24 hours a day to try and hide the truth from the incoming administration." Roll on election day.