Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gladys Berejiklian's baptism of fire

Jodi McKay

A major policy backflip, a handful of by-elections, a pricey stadium spend and a record set of books - it's been a seesawing first year for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Mike Baird's sharp fall from favour as he grappled with unpopular policies and shied away from others, culminating in his snap resignation, thrust Berejiklian into the top job on January 23.
Handed the task of implementing a doomed council amalgamation policy, the grace period for the former treasurer was remarkably short-lived as she was forced to back down on the plan under overwhelming public pressure.

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With my sister Mary at the Girls Night Out supporting the Sydney Sixers tonight at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).