After the Menzies administration was voted out during World War 2 and the Curtin-led ALP took over there was a suggestion to have a Government of National Unity so the best talent on both sides of the house could be applied directly to the desperate issues at hand. Curtin rejected this, for reasons that I can’t recall except that the gadfly journalist Brian Penton was highly critical in one of the books that he wrote shortly after “Advance Australia – Where?”
The state of NSW is now looking facing difficult circumstances, not so dire as wartime of course, but not pretty for commuters and hospital patients and others at the sharp end of the mess. The Liberal opposition has been able to dine out on a rich feast of Labor mistakes but they might like to think a second time about their achievement in sinking the partial privatization of power generation.
What if they had to take on some ownership of the black hole of debt that this decision has created? What about a unity administration to make use of the best brains on both sides of the house to find, if humanly possible, some common ground for the sake of the public at large, to find some bipartisan policies that will take the state forward instead of bogging down in a predictable slanging match of point scoring and recriminations?