Starting the Change in NSW

Earlier today, I twittered with Barry O’Farrell regarding my issues for NSW. Given I only have 140 letters to express this, I mentioned:

1. Traffic & Resource Infrastructure
2. Government Land Release
3. Health (Mental Care & Hospitals)

Of course, the Liberal NSW Leader agreed, and directed me to a website of his – “startthechange.com.au”

I checked it out.

The Liberal/Nationals have 5 Top Priorities, but from the policies listed, I have commented on those I feel are more pressing.

A Strong Economy

Government Land Release

Housing in NSW is unaffordable for the majority of Australians, let alone those in our state. NSW is taking in a large number of migrants, and our roads are feeling the squeeze. An ever growing population has not been serviced by a Government that has squandered Billions in Taxpayer funds.

Large land releases allow developers to increase availability in the market. This increase will lead to another construction boom in NSW, we will once again become a productive state.

However, this MUST be backed up by a serious look at not only our transportation infrastructure, but issues such as Water, Electricity, and Gas.

To do this, NSW needs to look to new technology trends to help increase the viability of these houses becoming homes. This isn’t a matter of Climate Change, but are reasonable decisions to be made about being environmentally concious.

Mandatory installation of Solar Heating, Water Tanks, or insulation in particular dwelling types are some of the initiatives NSW can take to support our local manufacturers, promote a environmentally conscious stance, and decrease dependence on current infrastructure that will inevitability take time to plan and build.

Taxes

Remove certain taxes, like stamp duty to stimulate the economy and encourage greater uptake of building and developing opportunities.

More for the frontline
Justice

My policy trademark for Policing would be: “Less Writing, More Road.” Police need to see Police on the Beat, walking around with the community to build-up areas and patrolling those less congested.
However, what our justice system really lacks are Magistrates that are in touch with the community’s values. Too many people are let off because of a ‘Shortage’ of cells. Well – Build. A. Gaol.
Education

The Education focus is excellent; increased literacy and numeracy skills undeniably will enable more young people to be employable.

Hospitals. Sigh.
I would love to say a lot of money needs to be thrown at hospitals for overhauls – but I know this is not a viable option. An introduction of on-site GP’s at all hospitals that would benefit. Even 1-2 would increase efficiency of the Emergency Ward.

This state needs more nurses and doctors. That’s what it comes down to. No point in opening beds if there is no room.

Better public transport, roads

Roads and Railways

This is part and parcel to a strong economy, the express flow of traffic, both of people and goods increases productivity and reduces stress, and will probably reduce road rage rates.

Key infrastructure needs to be implemented asap with quick service provision a priority. Staged building of these roads for a later link-up may provide short-term relief for key areas while the link-ups are built.

I would also expect a greater emphasis on a hub approach of commercial and industrial communities, rather than having only a handful of key cities where roads are carparks. – This is thankfully mentioned by the Liberals, as encouraging decentralisation.

I would also like to see a review of key intersections are roadways that are generally congested, and that review panel to work with the local community to create a viable solution. Again, quicker travel times increases productivity and reduces costs.

Accountable government

Given that for 14 years Labor has been able to spend so much and provide so little, personal accountability of those involved should be sought.

A reform of Electoral Finance Laws is greatly warranted; included the capping of lobby groups and ‘other parties’.

I would also be happy for salaries to rise for NSW MPs, provided that a complete removal of ‘benefits’, etc was imposed.

Ministers should be well paid for the job they do for the State, provided they deliver. If they aren’t – The Premier should have the grace to acknowledge the individual was not competent at the job, and call in a new Minister.

There are “Government” resources that can be used for all official business; if they need it – sure; if it’s a personal issue – I’m sure they can provide for their own. I would believe this change would bring about a public respect, in that ministers would be seen as paying for their own – just as the general public does.

Give planning to communities

The policies listed for this point are excellent and sensible.

Planning Laws require rewriting;
An Energy Buy-Back scheme should be introduced; and
The opposition to compulsorily acquire family homes (it should never have been brought up in the first place.)

I would hope that the Buy-Back scheme would not affect the income tax, and perhaps capped reasonably to prevent rorting of the system. Mainly those with excess panels

Well, their my first impressions of the campaign – let’s see how it goes.