South West Sydney
O'Farrell government backflips on selling electricity assets
Barry O'Farrell Leader NSW Liberal Party
O'Farrell confirmed today that he is waiting on a recommendation from the Tamberlin Inquiry before deciding on whether the NSW Government will privatise the State's poles and wires.
"Barry O'Farrell has backed away from his promise not to privatise poles and wires and has instead claimed he was misquoted by the Lithgow Mercury and Sydney Morning Herald," said Opposition Leader John Robertson.
The Opposition Leader asked why 'if Barry O'Farrell says he was misquoted by the Lithgow Mercury.. did he confirm his comments to the Sydney Morning Herald the next day?'
John Robertson said privatisation will threathen up to 15,000 jobs and push up electricity prices for families.
Ironically, the privatisation of NSW's electricity assets by Labor was one of the reasons for the demise of Labor in the March election. Now Labor is accusing the Liberals of having to no mandate to sell energy assets, arguing that the people of NSW voted against privatisation by removing Labor.
Media reports and quotes regarding Barry O'Farrell statements re privatising poles and wires.
January 28, 2011 – O'Farrell makes solemn undertaking to the Lithgow Mercury not to privatise electricity:
''We have absolutely no plans to privatise either the generators or the poles and wires."
February 1, 2011 – O'Farrell stands by his Lithgow comments to the Sydney Morning Herald, adding:
''We have ruled out the sale of poles and wires because that is where the jobs are and we are determined to protect jobs."
2011 State Election campaign – O'Farrell rules out the sale of poles and wires:
“Under our plan ‘poles and wires’ will stay in public hands.”
- NSW Liberals & Nationals, Plan for an Affordable & Sustainable Energy Industry
Do you think NSW's poles and wires should be sold off? Will jobs be lost and electricity prices rise as a result?