NSW the low-risk state, Victorian election boosts instability

New South Wales has been judged to have the lowest political risk in Australia, while a looming election has blown out government stability in Victoria.

The public sector is too risk-averse, it’s often said. And no state quite like New South Wales.

In its quarterly assessment of government risk, research and advisory firm Political Risk says that’s a good thing. NSW has the lowest risk score thanks to an improving budget position — despite the ructions at Macquarie Street which have seen ex-premier Barry O’Farrell and other MPs caught up in corruption scandals.


Political Risk says its matrix of measurements — across budget, policy, stability and reputational risk — “allows observers to assess political risk across a number of categories for each state and relative to other states”:

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