VOTERS have given the first 100 days of Nathan Rees’s premiership the thumbs down.
Mr Rees had promised he would give the leadership of NSW "a red-hot go". But his efforts have received a response best described as lukewarm.
In an informal poll of 730 readers, 39 per cent rated his performance as satisfactory. A further 33 per cent described his time as leader as poor.
Mr Rees has been dogged by the dumping of ministers Tony Stewart and Matt Brown, the messy departure from politics of Reba Meagher, the Ryde byelection loss, fallout over public transport, and negative reaction to the November mini-budget.
This period of time has failed to impress the readers randomly sampled over a two-day period last week.
About 62 per cent believed the economic measures undertaken by the ALP Government would fail to restore the state’s flagging fortunes.
Asked who would be the better economic manager, 9 per cent nominated the Rees-led Labor Government. However, only 31 per cent said Barry O’Farrell would make a better premier and only 36 per cent warmed to the promise of his economic rule.
Fifty-four per cent said neither man was suited to be premier. But Mr Rees was upbeat yesterday when presented with the poll results.
"I’ve certainly physically and intellectually given everything I could have given and that won’t stop c" he said.
"The key decisions for me are the universal eyesight testing for four-year-olds so that we can pick up problems, that’s a key one; $56 million for new commuter car parks around the city; 630 new selective high-school places for rural students; scholarships for apprentices; $3000 boost for first-home buyers; 80 specialist teachers to help kids with autism; $150 million for school security and toilet blocks; 700 new train carriages and hundreds of new buses; $56 billion worth of infrastructure that will underpin 150,000 jobs each year as together we work for this state.
"This is a period of international instability. It’s my job as well as business leaders’ to look the rest of the world in the eye and say: ‘NSW is the greatest state in the world."’
Mr O’Farrell described the Premier’s first 100 days as "confusing".
"I don’t think a lot has changed from his predecessors," he said yesterday. "He still leads a Government focused on Macquarie Street and winning the next election and not on the needs or interests of families in Macquarie Fields or Port Macquarie.
"He promised improved services and cuts rail links to the north-west and south-west. Other services continue to be cut. It’s a third-generation Labor Government and I don’t think the state’s getting value.
"From the moment I was elected leader, the constant message to the party room is that every week must be a week where we demonstrate competency to the electorate.
"In 2007 we failed to give them a party or Coalition that they could vote for c We have proved ourselves effective at holding the Government to account and showing ourselves to be a united team. I think Nathan Rees has added ‘red-hot go’ to the lexicon of political language in NSW but c I think it’s ice-cold." THE HIGHS ¡ October Premier announces a $4billion CBD metro line from Central Station to Rozelle.
¡ October Premier gets tough on alcohol-related violence in pubs.
¡ October Launch of Master Events calendar – five "anchor events" held each year.
¡ October $99million medical research and education centre opens at Royal North Shore Hospital.
¡ November Public school pupils to get a laptop to keep. THE LOWS
¡ September Police minister Matt Brown dumped after drunkenly dancing in his underpants.
¡ October Premier reeling from shelving of $12billion North-West Metro and South-West Rail Link.
¡ October Government suffers 19-point swing against it in three byelections.
¡ November Assistant health minister Tony Stewart axed amid claims he shouted at a staffer and touched her leg.
¡ November Commissioner Peter Garling warns health system is on brink of collapse.
¡ November Massage parlour above the Premier’s electoral office found to be an illegal brothel.