The work of auditors-general has become one of the main tools by which government obfuscation has been rubbed against the grain.
Jacob Saulwick is City Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.
The release this week of district plans by the Greater Sydney Commission potentially foreshadows a new era in Sydney planning, which may mean a new look and feel for the city's neighbourhoods and for how we move between them. There is that possibility. But it is also apparent that, for all the power of the documents, the district plans at this stage largely imply the continuation of the status quo.
It should be embarrassing that the US has such a better federal scheme for providing affordable housing than we do in Australia – a scheme embraced not just by community housing providers, but by a bipartisan politic.
If the Premier can ditch an issue on which he staked his moral authority, many will be hoping he will launch his Manly torso into a string of acrobatics.
"For years we have suffered from what are essentially deck chair shuffling solutions engineered by bureaucrats determined not to admit there were fundamental faults with the existing planning system. They were wrong!"
The biggest failure of this state government over the past 5½ years has been its refusal to implement any sort of meaningful policy on affordable housing.
Redfern is on the path to becoming another Surry Hills, which has already turned into a Balmain, which is well established as a Paddington, which might as well be Mosman.
Property developers, would you believe, are angry at the Baird government. How could this be?
There are all sorts of ways to cut the numbers. But whichever way you do, the amount of money Mike Baird's government will spend building prisons in the next few years is remarkable.
Mike Baird should bring forward elections for councils he has sacked. The delay is fostering suspicion.