Gladys Berejiklian, the new Premier of New South Wales, has put her stamp of authority on state politics in the most dramatic and self-assured fashion.

Responding to the wave of angry populism representing voters who feel “left behind”, Berejiklian has undergone a political makeover. She is no longer the build-at-any-cost transport minister or the thrusting banker-turned-treasurer; now she is “delivering for everyone” and “making life easier for people right across NSW”.