New South Wales

Jan 19, 2017

Baird’s resignation fires starting gun on NSW Liberal factional warfare

Why did Mike Baird resign? And who is waiting in the wings to replace him?

Alex Mitchell — NSW politics correspondent

Alex Mitchell

NSW politics correspondent

Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian

Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird’s resignation leaves the Coalition government in a shambles and has turned his succession into a cage fight between bitterly divided factions.

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13 thoughts on “Baird’s resignation fires starting gun on NSW Liberal factional warfare

  1. Di Keller

    If they are expecting to lose, Gladys Berejiklian will get the job, or more accurately the poison chalice 🙁 Always happens 🙁

    1. Dog's Breakfast

      Very true Di, although thus far only the Labor party has been game to do that. I can’t recall the LNP even allowing a woman to accept a poisoned chalice.

      Personally, I’m happy to see Baird go. He was a great Premier, if you define great as ‘gets lots of things done by ignoring popular will and good sense, and gifts public land to any developer with a promise, and prioritises coal seam gas and coal mines over our best farmlands.’ I don’t define great that way, but plenty do.

  2. Martin Butterfield

    Luke Foley’s image isn’t ‘foggy’: it is transparent due to his invisibility. If Baird’s successor was to be selected on the grounds of assistance to the Liberal Party over the past few years Foley should be odds-on.

  3. Will

    Another reason for leaving might be that Baird doesn’t want to be remembered as the premier that opened the Skytrain rail line. If and when it collapses one day, as incredibly seems not impossible, the name of the premier that opened it will be forever vilified in the histories of NSW.

  4. Irfan Yusuf

    Gladys. That’s all.

    1. Matt Hardin

      Really Irfan? You spend thousands of words talking tolerance and not judging people on their religion, skin colour, sex, gende etc. and you mock her name. For shame!

      1. Will

        But she does have a big nose.

  5. spicelab

    “His deep unpopularity among electors”.
    Unless this is supposed to describe the situation inside the party room, the assertion is complete bunkum.
    Granted, the gloss was beginning to wear off his leadership but in no way was he deeply unpopular throughout the electorate.

  6. old greybearded one

    Troy Grant competent? What planet is that on??? My local member and an absolute dunce. His dimwitted neglect is part of the problem. His electorate harbours two of the highest crime rate shires in NSW. I live in one and we cannot get a 24hr police station for a town of 3500. The only seriously capable, and he is, National minister is Piccoli. I think the continuing impression of being owned by developers and coal companies has also tarnished Baird severely.

  7. klewso

    Once a banker, always a banker. What happens when you mix steel wool with Teflon.
    “In 2015 NSW chose hope over fear”? And look what he gave them – a turd in their Christmas stockings.
    From the environmental vandalism for the light-rail line – in a city with Sydney’s climate.

  8. John Newton

    God forbid it should be Anthony Roberts, a real arsehat and will probably make Vandal Baird look like a Buddhist.

  9. AR

    It is clear that he has served his masters well enough with all the “development & cranes” palaver and can now bugger off with a golden parachute of plum sinecures & absent directorships.
    Who will be the next sheep in wolf’s clothing, fighting the good fight on behalf of the citizenry? jes’ jokin’

    1. outside left

      And now enter Alan Jones from right stage. Delicious!

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