There must be a good number of Sir Humphrey Appleby's beavering away in NSW to keep the state going, because the incumbent Labor government does not seem to be functioning.
Dysfunctional is possibly an overused word, but not in the case of NSW government. However, I witnessed myself in July that Sydney is still functioning perfectly well, in spite of the government. Bureaucracy has stepped in to fill the breach.
It is clear that, short of a miracle, a Labor government will not be elected at the next NSW state election. Ipso facto, it will be a conservative Liberal government and while I hope it does not indulge in the excesses of Victoria's last Liberal government, I really don't think it will be such a bad thing. So much for me being rusted on Labor.
Like Victoria, there are some shocking gaps in train services. There are whole not even really new very populated areas without a train line. The cost of car commuting with so many toll roads in Sydney make our rapacious Citylink look like a charity.
If ever a state needed a person with charisma and vision to lead it, NSW is it.