Mike Baird

NSW Premier Mike Baird has set his sights on settling the bitter political controversy over pub lockout laws, and many of his backbench critics are bracing themselves for another backflip.

In the past week, Baird has postponed the greyhound racing ban, backtracked on shark nets on the North Coast and improved financial compensation to property owners facing compulsory purchase along the route of Sydney’s WestConnex motorway.

As one of his advisers told Crikey: “The Premier is clearing the decks.”