Look, I know that the Northern territory wants to be Australia's seventh state. But seriously, New England was there first and deserves the title.
We have been trying for self government for more then 150 years. We want our go.
The ABC has an interesting info graphic on changes in Australia since Federation. Have a play. it's quite fun.
In 1901, Sydney had 36 per cent of the NSW population. New England had over a quarter of the then NSW population, not all that far behind. We had more people than most of the then Australian sates.
By 1945, Sydney's population was 50 per cent of the state total, and New England was falling behind. Yet even in the 1950s we had more people than Tasmania, WA and SA, and were not all that far behind Queensland.
Today NSW is classified as the sick state, and New England is a large pimple on Sydney's bum.
Isn't it time to give us our go?
In 1924, the NSW Cohen Royal Commission accepted that the country had been disadvantaged relative to Sydney. However, the Commission said, this is no longer true. There are other ways of achieving the new state goal; regional councils are the answer. Hah! Where are those councils?
In 1867 at our plebiscite, those opposed to self government said that New England would gain by staying in NSW, that we could not afford statehood. Oh yes?
Why are most of NSW's poor towns in New England? Why have our opportunities shrunk? Why aren't there any jobs for those who want to go home?
Bluntly, we couldn't have done worse. Why not give us a go now?
Sydney really needs to worry about it's own needs. If New England gets self government and fails, then that's our responsibility. So give us our chance!