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Apr 17, 2014

Crikey says: Liberals can’t sweep this under the carpet

Barry O'Farrell: trapped in his own net. Bernard Keane and Paddy Manning contextualise, plus Myriam Robin on the media circus. Why can John Gay run a business again? The funniest election ads from India and Indonesia. Margot Saville's day with the royals, and Helen Razer snipes from afar. Plus Guy Rundle on the ultimate design revolution. Merry Easter.

One Liberal’s bizarre attempt to install Barry O’Farrell as the next premier of New South Wales — the one standing down, that is — has come to nothing. Treasurer Mike Baird will be the next leader, with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian falling in behind as deputy on his ticket (that role, at least, will be contested later today). A hasty, mostly bloodless transition of power.

And so the state will quickly move on, and hopefully forward. Baird inherits a reform agenda far from complete; the O’Farrell blueprint will direct the party for the years ahead.

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