I am not sure Big Ted is going to be able to fix all the problems in our city and state. His intentions sound good and so far he is not spooking the horses, but time will tell.
So why did we vote Brumby and the Labor Party out?
People mention water and the Desal plant, the North South Pipeline, public transport, congested roads, a lack of services especially to new suburbs, high stamp duty on property (well something has to pay for facilities for new areas), health care and hospital waiting lists, inappropriate higher density construction in inner areas, loss of our green wedges. You know all these things.
There is a common thread. Too many people. While I don't let the previous government off the hook, with our state and city's population growing at the pace it is, it would be an exceptional government who could keep up with supplying what the rapidly growing population wants and needs. Clearly the previous government failed to keep up.
The Premier to be Baillieu assures us that the financial accounts seem to be in order, so I suspect there is rather a lot of money in the state government's pockets.
Meanwhile our economy rolls along nicely, being supported by housing and building construction. So long as we keep our population growing, all will be well. If population growth stops though, just watch the house of cards fall. Of course eventually population growth must slow or stop. With barely any manufacturing now, we will be dependent on income from agriculture which won't keep too many of us in fine jewellery for long.
Ah well, something will turn up. It always does. Back to the sand pit for some head burial.