Parties welcome new Premier

Some of the frostiness between the Liberal Party leadership and the minor parties may thaw, but the new Premier will still have a battle on his hands if he wants to rewrite the planning laws or sell off the state's remaining electricity assets.

Premier-designate Mike Baird said he would adhere to predecessor Barry O'Farrell's position shelving plans to privatise the electricity network's "poles and wires". But he left the door open to that position changing pending discussions with a new Cabinet.

The Shooters and Fishers Party said their reception to Mr Baird would be warmer than for Mr O'Farrell. However, one of the party's two MPs, Robert Borsak, said it was unlikely the party would shift position on any big policies.

"We will give Baird the benefit of the doubt. . . . But frankly, talk is cheap," he said. "He has to demonstrate he can be trusted".

NSW Greens MP John Kaye said Mr Baird would no doubt try to fix the O'Farrell government's failed attempt to rewrite the state's planning laws, and he expected Mr Baird would try to lay the groundwork poles and wires privatisation in 2015.

"Our concern is that he is so obsessive that he might be tempted to trade off other important environmental outcomes."

The story Parties welcome new Premier first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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