Public Forum – Privatisation ‘Sell Off or Sell Out?’

Wednesday Feb 9th 7.30-9.00pm

Mayfield Bowling Club – 2a Ingall Street,  Mayfield

Guest Speakers : Gary Kennedy – Secretary Trades Hall Council &

John Kaye, Greens MLC

INVITATION

Newcastle Greens invites you and/or members of your organisation to attend this community forum.  Your input and attendance is valued.

Over the last two decades both major political parties have indulged in a frenzy of privatisation and the selling of government assets.

The Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, major airports, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Qantas, State Lotteries, major Metropolitan toll roads and tunnels, Sate coal mines, Port Macquarie Base Hospital  and many more ‘sell-offs’ have all received direct or tacit approval by the ALP and Coalition.

There is no evidence that any of these concessions to the big business lobby has provided better service outcomes for the community or created more employment.

The latest attempt by the government to dispose of the State’s electric power assets in defiance of their own policy making annual conference and public opposition has led to the resignation of Board members from State owned companies.  Dr John Kaye, MLC recently stated that “Board members … were right to label this as an irresponsible fire sale.  Within seven years the state’s finances will be worse off”.    “NSW households will face even higher electricity bills as the new private owners seek to extract more profit” and “The Keneally government has thrown away one of the most important keys to bringing down NSW’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Private control over the baseload generators that produce more than 60 million tones of CO2 each year will make it much harder to reduce the state’s dependence on coal”.

The Unions and an informed community are now the last lines of defence against creeping privatisation of not just the power industry,  but a long list of public assets.

Enquiries and RSVP should be directed to the undersigned.

Yours faithfully,

Megan Benson,

Secretary Newcastle Greens

secretary@newcastle.nsw.greens.org.au or

megabens@gmail.com

Phone:  4997 6522

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