New South Wales is losing a great premier and Mike can be proud of what he has achieved. 

Those who see politics as a calling might be disappointed that he’s going after just over two and a half years and lament more turnover in our public life.

As his friend and colleague, I have a deep sense of loss but am confident that his successor will continue his policies especially his commitment to better roads, the western Sydney airport and democratic reform of the Liberal Party.

Margie and I wish Mike and Kerryn all the best for a long, happy and productive future.