Does NSW need an Implementation Unit?

Today’s announcement of a radical overhaul of the New South Wales state plan by Premier Mike Baird was not shy about adding performance indicators to almost everything undertaken by a state agency — and their minister.

In a drop to The Australian newspaper, Baird explained the streamlined priorities, down from 186 targets and 321 measures, to 12 Premier’s priorities and 18 state priorities.

“There are so many parts to government. Everyone wants to do good things, but where’s the direction? Where do we want to go? This gives it a sharp focus, and there’s a sense of accountability.

“Tony Blair, in this reflections, said they did a lot of things in their first term but didn’t really achieve what they wanted to, so he brought in 10 priorities that they wanted to focus on in their second term and they had a lot of success.”

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