The Member for Kiama Gareth Ward missed the Legislative Assembly vote on the Bill to privatise the State’s electricity network last night, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, revealed today.

“This is the politician who has stood up every day since the election to demand that Illawarra Labor MPs vote in favour of the Government’s so-called mandate to privatise electricity.

“Yet he couldn’t be bothered to turn up to vote for it himself in the Legislative Assembly last night.

“It brings into question Mr Ward’s own support for the Albion Park Rail Bypass.

“This is the Bill the Government is relying on to fund $350 million towards the construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass.

“The Premier was bagging me in the Parliament during Question Time yesterday for my stand in opposing the sell-off of the State’s electricity network and equating the mandate my electorate gave me at the election to vote against it as lack of support for the Albion Park Rail Bypass.

“Mr Ward actively joined in to taunt me and other Illawarra Labor MPs.

“Yet when it came time to walk the talk – Mr Ward failed to even turn up to vote for his Government’s own Bill.

“Does his failure to vote on the electricity network sell-off suggest he is backing away from his support for the Albion Park Rail Bypass?

“This is highly embarrassing for Mr Ward and he needs to provide an explanation on why he missed such a crucial vote”, she said.

Ms Watson said that Mr Ward’s endless attempts to politicise the Albion Park Rail Bypass had embarrassingly backfired by his missing last night’s Parliamentary vote on the signature piece of legislation.

Ms Watson earlier this week moved a Notice of Motion calling on the Government to outline in the Budget a precise timetable for the construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass, and to explain how the project would proceed if the Parliament did not approve the sell-off, or it was unable to raise the $20 billion it anticipated.

29 May 2015