Major parties’ no sell-off promises can’t be trusted

Important public assets like Hunter Water must have legislative protection before an O’Farrell government gets control of the state, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “While both Labor and the Coalition have ruled out privatisation, neither have said anything about selling off or contracting out crucial services.

“Our fear is that Hunter Water will die the death of a thousand cuts as maintenance, operations and information technology are outsourced and key assets are leased to the private sector.

“Keeping all of the water supply in public hands is crucial to controlling household water bills and protecting communities and the environment.

“Neither the Coalition nor Labor supported legislation introduced by the Greens last year to stop the selling-off or contracting out of major public assets.

“The Greens No Mandate No Privatisation Bill would have stopped the leasing out or sale of any asset of a public enterprise without the approval of both houses of the state parliament.

“The Greens are committed to the idea that public assets belong to the community and should not be sold off for a fistful of dollars without a proper debate.

“Jodi McKay and Premier Keneally are crying crocodile tears. If they were serious about stopping the Coalition’s bottom-draw plans for wholesale carnage of public enterprises like Hunter Water, they would have supported our legislation.

“At the very least they should recall the parliament and give The Greens the opportunity to reintroduce our legislation that would tie the Coalition’s hands.

“The Greens want to make sure that all of Hunter Water remains in public hands,” said Dr Kaye.

For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455

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