Rees should do the decent thing and call the Governor
To put it kindly, Nathan Rees’ Premiership has been a rocky ride.
His own inexperience has been exacerbated by a decaying Labor Government, no shortage of scandals and a selfish bunch of incompetent Ministers who were focused on personal gain rather than the public good.
To make matters worse, he is about to fall victim to the very same process of which he was once a beneficiary.
In what could be called a cruel twist of fate, the men who made Nathan Rees Premier, despised Minister Joe Tripodi and faceless numbers man Eddie Obeid, are about to break him.
These two threw Nathan Rees a hospital pass and in doing so, the new Premier became a lightning rod for the white-hot anger the electorate was feeling after 14 years of Labor’s preoccupation with spin over substance.
But the history books record results; not show a commentary of political machinations that would likely be more sympathetic to Nathan Rees.
He must accept that his name will be mocked and derided for as long as he is a resident of NSW – unless he does the noble thing.
He must have a quiet chat to the Governor and call for an early election.
The next Premier will be the fourth Labor Premier since 2005. They will face the same struggles – the same jockeying for positions, the same internal machinations, the same incompetent team.
And while this all happens the people of NSW are crying out for someone to fix the bloody problems.
People are sitting in infuriating traffic, missing out on basic services and dying in our public hospitals.
It’s time the people of NSW had their say on who runs the State instead of Joe Tripodi and Eddie Obeid.
Yes, there was an election in March 2007, but a lot has changed since then.
Different Members on both sides of the Parliament, a swag of Ministers gone and numerous by-elections. And we are looking at a Federal Government that will go to the polls just two and a half years after it was soundly elected.
It’s time for the people of NSW to have their say at the ballot box.
Nathan Rees really has nothing to lose. Unlike his predecessor Morris Iemma, he will not receive a pension, he is not looked upon kindly by his colleagues and his party wouldn’t even back him to face an election.
Rather than go down in history as a failed Premier who lived and died by the sword, Nathan Rees should do the right thing and stand up for democracy.
I think it was Labor legend, Bob Hawke, who once said the Australian people rarely make the wrong choice. If Labor honestly believe they are fit to run the state, then they should take it to the people.
Nathan Rees will not make it as Premier - but it’s not too late for him to make a legacy for himself as a selfless man, one who ultimately did the right thing by the people of NSW.
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