Yesterday morning, NSW Premier announced his shock retirement from politics and a step down from the top job. “This is the perfect time for me to hand the reins over to a new Premier,” Baird revealed in a statement.
“Serving as Premier of NSW has been a tremendous honour, but I have made clear from the beginning that I was in politics to make a difference, and then move on,” Baird said.
Baird entered into politics as the state representative for Manly in 2007, became premier in April 2014 following the resignation of Barry O’Farrell. His government won the state election in 2015.
A new premier will be announced next week
Baird’s successor has not yet been revealed. But a new premier will be announced next week. Baird has stated that he is “immensely proud” of what his party has achieved over the past six years.
“We have paired the state budget, rejuvenated the economy, created jobs in unprecedented numbers, boosted frontline services and unleashed an infrastructure boom in Sydney and the regions, which everyone can see with their own eyes.”
37% of small businesses in NSW aren’t happy with the current government
However, how has his leadership impacted on small business in NSW? According to research released by MYOB, 37% of small businesses in NSW aren’t happy with the current government, which compares to 29% of small businesses in Victoria who say they are unhappy with their state’s government.
Results from MYOB resonate results from a similar survey of over 500 small to medium businesses from business management software company Sage. According to Sage, 46% of small business owners feel that they aren’t sufficiently represented by politicians. In addition, 19% believed a lack of business infrastructure would be a challenge for Australian businesses in 2017.
46% of small business owners feel they aren’t sufficiently represented by polititians
Baird stated, “The infrastructure miracle unfolding around us has been possible only because the Liberals & Nationals took a plan to the NSW public in 2015”.
Furthermore, he stressed that “the agenda that I entered public life to establish is being implemented. What matters now is that the new Cabinet should have time to settle in and reaffirm its own agenda ahead of the election in 2019 – because only the Liberals & Nationals can be trusted to manage the continuation of the economic recovery and the infrastructure boom”.