Congratulations to New South Wales Premier Mike Baird on the re-election of his government at the weekend.
Both he and Labor leader Luke Foley have shown that it is possible to be political combatants and at the same time show respect and decency towards one-another as humans.
Foley’s concession speech on Saturday night won praise for its graciousness.
He remarked that Mike Baird was a worthy opponent who never let things get personal between them.
ACL supporters saw this first hand last month when both leaders spoke at our Make it Count event at the Village Church in Annandale.
This event so impacted the Sydney Morning Herald’s political reporter Sean Nicholls that he commented that events like this where the leaders show something of their human side are a welcome circuit breaker
While Mr Foley’s anti electricity privatisation rhetoric might have been over the top, something conceded by Labor luminaries Bob Carr and Martin Ferguson, the campaign was civil and this should give NSW voters comfort that leaders of decency are at the helm of both major parties.
ACL was impressed at the Make it Count when both men declared that their Christian faith (Anglican for Baird, Catholic for Foley) influenced their approach to public policy.
Luke Foley said it well: “I’ve always believed that the interventions of Christians in public life is always driven by a desire to serve the common good that that is what motivates Christians to speak up and intervene in our public discourse. “
ACL certainly agrees with this and Mr Foley’s words in large parts sum up what motivates us.
The big story of the election was the Greens possibly picking up four lower house seats, including two in what was once National Party heartland in the State’s north.
Labor aided and abetted this by exchanging preferences with the Greens.
Commentators rightly point out that the Greens are cannibalising Labor’s vote. At the 2013 election federal Labor achieved its worst result in 100 years and at this NSW election Labor recorded its second worst result ever.
In both elections, Labor leaders Kevin Rudd and Luke Foley tried to pander to Greens voters by caving in to the same-sex marriage political agenda.
In both cases this had no impact on the drift of inner city seats to the Greens while at the same time forcing the party further from the centre in the minds of mainstream voters.
Following the Greens’ lead on social policy has not worked out well for Labor.
It looks like Christian Democratic Party leader Fred Nile, now 80, has been comfortably re-elected to the Upper House and along with colleague Paul Green will hold the balance of power.
This puts the CDP in the hot seat for the poles and wires privatisation.
It also means that radical agendas like independent Alex Greenwich’s proposed legislation restricting freedom of conscience for Christians schools and organisations is unlikely to go anywhere in the next four years.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Make it Count event and the many local Meet Your Candidate Forums run by our NSW director Mark Makowiecki.
Your participation makes a difference.