Both sides of NSW politics learnt nothing from Labor's "planning stench" and the Coalition's "Malenomic" fiascos. A climacteric shock is needed.
Cities prosper or shrivel depending on holistic planning, whereas the political parties' dominant mode is dysfunctional project-by-project which the Greater Sydney Commission is perpetuating in defiance of its duty to achieve "orderly development".
Stable democracy produces prosperity & equity, the Four Pillars of Democracy must all be intact and respected
The Rule of Law sees accepted criteria of fairness, efficiency, economy and sustainability enforced through all agencies
Society produces and recognises the Chifley, the Menzies, the Whitlam, the Wran, the Greiner and the Hawke qualities of leadership
Individuals extend narcissistic intent to corporate betterment, not societal, using media, agencies and suppression of independence. Dolts with shiny shoes surpass experts
Meisters appoint political cadres to all guard posts, have secret understandings with foreign corporates, use PR to conceal and distort "facts", and avoid due diligence . Media self-censor and accept grooming
Election promises are smashed, un-elected agencies (under political cadres) "operationalise" forced interventions over community protests, and taxes are moved from corporates onto citizens
The NSW Coalition came to office in 2011 on the basis of a set of promises:
Mike Baird's Planning Minister got this right in his earlier, seemingly forgotten, PhD thesis:
The founding Executive Director of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, and offsider to Nick Greiner, Professor Gary Bowditch, said it well in the AFR in 2015 (words The Fin has forgotten);
The answer is, pause, more metros is just one option but the model is failing and lacks the logic of the only "metro plan" - Ron Christie's in 2001.
Looking again at Greiner and Eddington is another, add the innovations on these websites, and start to re-build community confidence that history has not been totally forgotten by the best of Sydney's planners - only by the political ingenues who will soon be gone.