The difference is that Jack Lang was so willing to invest funds in infrastructure (namely the Harbour Bridge) that he sent the police to withdraw all the state government’s funds in cash so the federal government couldn’t seize it to pay off their debts.
Foley basically opposes everything but has no ideas of his own. NSW Labor is also very socially conservative while the Liberals are much closer to centre on social issues than their federal counterparts, so it’s a bit of a conundrum. A lot of people don’t seem to realise this and just blindly go ‘Libs bad. Labor good!’ even when it clearly goes against their own interests (e.g. animal welfare activists and the Greyhound racing ban).
The lockout laws would not change under Labor. They’ve basically said they’re OK with it and they would continue with them, just like Gladys and Mike Baird did.