Giles Stratton: It’s not the dogs…it’s the forced council amalgamations, the hospital privatisations, the complete failure to consult with stakeholders in rail timetable changes and motorway construction, the disastrous handling of the Lindt Cafe siege and the seeming lack of accountability around that…as has been seen in the federal sphere there is a major lack of talent in modern conservative politics in this country. Another compelling argument for removing state governments.
Shellbee:This isn’t just about the greyhound industry. That is only the tip of the dissatisfaction iceberg. The Jackboot Johnny mentality with council amalgamations, westconnext, greyhounds, lockout laws, Newcastle rail truncation and constant threats to privatise every thing are only a few of the reasons for the loss of trust.
Marilyn Riedy:To the “thinking” public there is much more to Baird’s fall from grace than the Greyhound Ban.Hmm, let’s see! There’s changes to laws to favour big miners, potential changes to our environmental protections act, tree clearing, huge privatisation agenda (including hospitals and Land Titles Office), underfunding of schools and hospitals, changing hours for NSW Service, sending jobs off shore, failing to support Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, overpopulating Sydney and ignoring regions, council amalgamations, not consulting on new trains for inter city commuters and awarding contact to Korea. Building more toll roads instead of public transport and ignoring the investigative report on air quality in Western Sydney from 2006 which outlines areas of hot spots affected by air pollution and which advocated reducing the number of vehicles and roads and investing in Public Transport.Somehow I think that Greyhound racing is just the tip of the iceberg!
MrRiddleyWalker:The dogs ban probably has something to do with it. Council forced amalgamatioins probably a lot more.
mandrake51:This is just a latest in a long line of hasty and ill-prepared decisions by Baird. Just look at the fiasco of forced council mergers. No one wanted them, there was no consultation, decisions that affect hundreds of thousands of people were made on the cuff, the reports were not made public and the government has yet to show us one piece of research that supported the case for mega-councils. Not good enough!
3leggedcroc:Forget greyhound racing, that is just hype from a small but noisy industry trying to take credit for the LNP fail. The real reason the State Govt is on the nose is council mergers, asset selloffs and dodgy money bags of cash from developers funnelling into LNP coffers.
Lauren MackThis has nothing to go with greyhounds and everything to do with the dissolution of 3 major councils, and steamrolling of his useless infrastructure agendas that waste money and will have severe negative impacts on traffic, real estate, noise and pollution.
David CarsonWhy are we hanging this all on greyhounds? Don’t forget how many people in New South Wales (hundreds of thousands?) just watched local council elections come and go without being allowed to vote, because the Baird junta had dissolved their local councils and appointed hand – picked henchmen to run the area in their place.
nonliebabel“Baird has suffered the biggest fall in his net satisfaction rating of any state premier in the history of Newspoll, going from positive 39 points in December to negative seven points”.And we all thought Campbell Newman was the most obnoxious and untrustworthy failed premier Australia has ever produced, he was even worse than the massively corrupt Bjelke Peterson.
margeofwarringahBaird hasn’t suffered a fall in popularity because of the greyhound racing ban. 73% of people in NSW agreed with the ban and Foley looked sick not supporting it. His popularity has dropped because of his fascist takeover and amalgamation of Councils and his refusal to outlaw non conventional gas in NSW.
ajThonyI give my two votes worth to the attempted overthrowing of councils with two votes for the very greedy business types, this drove us back to the days when only titled gentleman (with property), military officer ranks and the clergy could vote, it unraveled several centuries of democracy. You have a dark and sinister heart poster boy.
reinhardpolleyIt was not Labor Party policy to push for Coal Seam Gas extraction in Western Sydney, use AWH to rip – off Sydney Water and its customers, accept illegal donations from property developers, or force council amalgamations and the privatisation of our electricity networks and Hospitals.
GoTeamAustraliaTony Abbott, yes, Tony Abbott, has stated on T.V. that the Liberal Party of NSW has been corrupted by Lobbyists.
Clive Manson: Fact is, he is no longer governing for the people. His arrogance built on initial success, has given him the attitude, “stuff you. I am the Premier. We will do what I want!”
thufir112This article is so far off the mark, and is borderline offensive to NSW people that something addressing cruelty to animals is viewed as the cause of a poll dip. Get with the program Guardian, this is contemptuous rubbish journalism – take that crap to the Murdoch press, thanks.Real reasons he is slipping down a slope?(1) Privitisation of critical assets(2) Council mergers to appease development interests(3) Selective lockout laws that benefit casino operators(4) Westconnex fiasco(5) Failure to address home ownership issues(6) Having association with the woeful Federal LNP(7) Policing powers(8) Inept judgement on Power Grid sell-off to state-owned foreign company… Greyhounds ban barely registers amongst the cacophany of f*k-ups listed above.
Quiche78The dogs industry is tiny and been hated for years by many. His Casino Mike tag,the Council amalgamations and the push towards American style schools, hospitals and prisons is the reason.
grumpyom: The real concern is that Baird has lost the trust of voters. The endless sale of property assets to developers, the arbitrary council amalgamations, the transport development without obvious cost benefit analysis. Barangaroo, the Maritime Museum, the inner city public housing are shameful examples.
Government in the commercial interest, without concern for the public interest.