LABOR OPPOSES FIXING CONGESTION

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Labor Members for Kogarah and Rockdale have today voted against the NSW Government’s plans to fix congestion at Sydney’s major pinch points.

The Coalition Government has today introduced legislation to unlock $20 billion to be invested into new hospitals, roads, rail and schools.

“The ALP has chosen to ignore the mandate handed to the Liberals & Nationals Government and is standing in the way of this once-in-a-generation plan to transform NSW,” Oatley MP Mark Coure said.

“Chris Minns and Steve Kamper today voted against fixing the M5 and King Georges Road interchange, against fixing the Princes Highway through Blakehurst and against a 60% expansion of our rail network through Sydney Rapid Transit.

“They have no plan to fix congestion for people in our community, while we are getting on with the job of delivering our Rebuilding NSW plan to boost the economy, create jobs and build the infrastructure the State desperately needs.

“The legislation we have introduced today demonstrates just how keen we are to kick-start our plan to build roads, rail, hospitals and schools, new sports and cultural facilities, and vital water infrastructure in our regions.”

The Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Bill 2015 and the Electricity Retained Interest Corporations Bill 2015 will allow the Government to proceed with its election commitment to undertake a long-term lease of 49 per cent of the electricity network and deliver on its mandate to invest $20 billion in new infrastructure.

The legislation includes a price guarantee for consumers, allows for the transfer of employees, and ensures the State’s interests are protected into the future.

The plan would boost the economy by almost $300 billion in just over 20 years and create more than 120,000 new jobs.