National Party says ‘no’ to electricity network sell-off


The Small Business Minister, John Barilaro, has ripped open the division between the Liberals and Nationals over the State Government’s own plan to sell-off the State’s electricity network, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.

“We have today a Cabinet Minister saying very clearly:

“To be honest, we would like –I think a lot of National Party members –would like no privatization.”The Australian Financial Review, 11 March 2015.

“The National Party members and candidates don’t believe the Liberals’ spin about their own privatization of the State’s electricity network; yet Liberals’ like Gareth Ward, want the rest of us to cope it in the Illawarra.

“The National Party Deputy Leader, Adrian Piccoli, has even said country people don’t believe that prices will fall if the electricity network is sold-off.

“The Liberals are trying to convince voters that the electricity sell-off will provide huge benefits but they can’t even convince their own Coalition partners, who oppose the sell-off and will maintain poles and wires in public ownership.

“The Liberals’ plan to sell-off the State’s electricity network is gigantic con-job.

“We know three things if the State’s electricity network is sold off: prices will go up, jobs will be lost and maintenance investment will fall.

“The National Party members and candidates know this is the case and it’s why they don’t want rural and regional areas to suffer under the Liberal’s policy.

“Illawarra electricity prices have gone up 35 per cent since the Liberals were elected in March 2011.

“If the National Party doesn’t trust the Liberal spin on the sell-off of our electricity network, why should the rest of us?”, Ms Watson said.

11 March 2015