Too many, now where's my frou frou
They've come and gone, at different times
I just shake my head, and give my opine
But now here is one
That takes the cake, bar none
Nah, even with Frank's help, a songwriter I ain't, but I was thinking about ex New South Wales Premiers, Mr Bob Carr in particular, although there has been many interesting ones, from the uber corrupt Bob Askin, to Nifty Neville Wran who I cannot say is corrupt because he is still alive. I shan't even hint at it. The laughing stock Barry Unsworth to that greasy Greiner and fairy floss Fahey.
State government is about being seen to be doing stuffs as much as anything. By listening to all the talk, perhaps you think they are doing stuffs. There is the odd occasion when they do do stuffs, but they are not often and you hear about them ad nauseum from self promoting mouths.
The State of Victoria can hardly crown itself in glory with forward thinking, but New South Wales beats us hands down, especially when it was under the rule of Premier Bob Carr. Mr Carr managed to successfully pull off the Sydney Olympics, but what else?
All the tourist dollars that just automatically flow into Sydney, are the envy of other states. The wealth in Sydney is just extraordinary.
Yet they cannot even come close to an acceptable level of public transport service or health care. I haven't looked at education. Perhaps that is where all the money went. Somehow I don't think Sydney teachers would agree.
Last time I was in Sydney, I caught a train on a Saturday afternoon. In Melbourne, on Saturday afternoons, trains run to time, unless something really serious happens. Not so Sydney. Fifteen minutes late, no explanation. Always running late, a local told me, they come from such a long way out and get held up at Redfern.
The new whiz bang ticket system was supposed to be ready for 2000. It is still not and has just been dumped by the state government. Why not dump it in 2000 when it wasn't ready. Talk about prolong the misery. Here is the latest.
Maybe they have been spending too much on hospitals and medical services. Not by this current story and a blogger's moving woes over the extraordinary death of her partner while in hospital care.
The Sydney Ferries organisation seems to stagger from disaster to disaster, as often as they change its big boss.
We really ought to expect better in Australia's premier city.