Carr’s Column – NSW, the premier state
Earlier this week I visited schools on the NSW North Coast (see below). Their teachers told me the NSW curriculum was the best in Australia.
This morning I addressed the NSW conference of the Planning Institute of Australia in Bathurst and said that under the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy 70% of new accommodation is now being built in established areas, compared with under 50% in all other Australian capitals including Melbourne.
In other words, our urban planning achieves more economic use of land and infrastructure and has people live closer to jobs and maximises the social and cultural advantages of city living.
In short, in school curricula and the quality of city planning, we lead Australia.
But the disappointing performance of ministers makes it impossible for the Premier to get attention for the successes of her government, or anyone to be taken seriously, or regarded as sane, if they defend the record.
Which is an injustice to excellent people in the government from the Premier down.