DON’T TRUST LABOR ON ASSET SALES

13 Mar 2015 10:11 AMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest MP have issued a warning before the NSW election that Labor cannot be trusted when it comes to selling assets.

Ms Stuckey said Queensland Labor went to the last election with an iron-clad promise not to sell public assets.

“Just six weeks after the election the Premier has reneged on her commitment and is refusing to rule out asset sales,” Ms Stuckey said.

“There’s no doubt that Labor has a track record of dudding voters when it comes to asset sales and it looks like a case of history repeating itself.”

Mr Provest said Labor is red no matter where you go – the colour does not change once you cross the Queensland-NSW border.

“Labor has proven yet again that it will say whatever it takes to get back into power, and then do the complete opposite after,” Mr Provest said.

“But that’s nothing new – we only have to look across the border to what’s happening in Queensland – they ran a scare campaign built entirely on lies saying they won’t sell assets and not even a month later, they’re selling assets.

“Let’s not forget here in NSW, the previous Labor Government flogged off electricity assets in a minute-to-midnight sale – without seeking a mandate from the people of NSW – and they then shut down parliament to avoid any scrutiny. NSW Labor now pretends like that didn’t happen.

“We have been clear in our plans – we are seeking a mandate from the people of NSW for the lease of some Sydney-based electricity assets, to fund $6 billion of infrastructure upgrades in regional areas.

“The Nationals fought strongly for Essential Energy – which owns all of the poles & wires here in the Tweed – to be excluded from that deal.

“It will remain 100 per cent in public hands – that’s non-negotiable.”

Ms Stuckey said residents cannot trust Labor and could now face the sale of their assets in Queensland.

“This is all very reminiscent of 2009 when the Bligh Labor Government sneakily sold Queensland assets after being voted into office,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Premier, Minister Jones, Minister Dick and Minister Pitt sat around the Cabinet table when the decision was made to sell-off Queensland Rail and now they must come clean about what state assets will be sold under this government.”

Ends [13 March 2015]