I haven't finished with Sydney yet. I have a couple more posts about it yet.
In the nineties, Victoria was seen as a terrible place to be. Our population was declining, hard to imagine now, and we were told the state was broke. I never quite believed the hype by conservative forces that led to the election of the conservative Liberal government and its awful policies.
However, while the NSW government is very much on the nose, and deserves to be, I don't see an alternative government in the waiting. (is Rees a slightly more modern Unsworth? Will the next tory leader be like greasy Greiner?)
But like Victoria in the nineties was seen as Sydney or NSW is perhaps being seen now, let me assure you, Sydney is vibrant functioning city. Public transport still runs, streets still get cleaned, people still eat, still go out for food, people laugh, shop assistants don't look like they are about to loose their jobs, the beaches are lovely, the harbour gorgeous. Ok, I saw a particular part of Sydney, but generally I am sure, there is nothing wrong with Sydney and probably NSW that a new government bring in a breath of fresh air could not fix.
Just as a comment aside, it was amusing how every tourist map I saw covered Sydney from no further than the far western edge of the city, but then right through to the eastern shores and of course the North Shore and Manly. Clearly anything west is of no interest to visitors.