Mike Baird is battling it out with Labour opponents in a match of intense letter sending to the mass public.
Mike Baird’s letters tell of his goals and plans set for the future making a small attack on Labour- ‘there was much talk but little action’. His letters give a general overview of his team’s long term plan:
- Keep ownership of the state’s electricity distribution system.
- Lease the use of 49% of poles and wires to the private sectors and
- They’ll pay us rent and they’ll pay it in advance.
This means [we] can invest about $20 billion to build new assets, also owned by the people of our state.
We’ll build roads, rail and other vital infrastructure, together with hospitals and schools.
All these assets remain in public ownership.’
The Labour candidate for Holsworthy, Charishma Kaliyanda however, makes a strong act against Liberal without really making reasons why the masses should vote them.
‘If Mike Baird wins this election, he wants to sell our electricity network off to the highest bidder.
The Liberal’s plan to sell our electricity network will mean higher prices, blackouts and more cuts to schools, TAFE and hospitals.’
Strange, considering Baird states he will invest more money into schools and hospitals. Kaliyanda continues with use of 3 big ominous red facts-
1. Our electricity network currently generates $1.7 billion a year for NSW schools and hospitals. Selling our electricity network will mean even more cuts.
2. The Liberals sold South Australia’s electricity network and no they have the highest electricity prices in Australia. The billionaire who bought their electricity network now makes $420 profit from every customer, every year.
3. After the Liberals sold Victoria’s electricity network, there was a 32% increase in blackouts.’
She ends with an ominous ‘P.S. Once Mike Baird sells our electricity network, it will be gone for good.’
As a keen eyed mX reader pointed out in the newspaper today, Labour really is making campaigns on why we shouldn’t vote Liberal without fully backing up and supporting their own side. Too much attacking and not enough defending as Baird sent out another letter recently, with a more extensive list of goals.
By March 2019, he aims for us to have:
- A vibrant economy with tens of thousands of new jobs for you and your children.
- 200,000 fee-free TAFE scholarships
- New schools and upgraded classrooms with more teachers and modern equipment
- Better hospitals with more frontline healthcare workers, including more nurses, doctors and paramedics.
- Major improvements to our roads and highways, including upgrades to reduce traffic problems and reduce travel times.
- A much improve rail system with new lines and reduced congestion
- More police with extra resources to fight crime and make our streets even safer and
- Lower electricity network prices.’
He ends the letter with ‘PS please think carefully about the future before you vote.’
While Baird’s team aims to keep NSW ‘working’ by improving the infrastructure, the Labour Party has revealed its plans for education, health, electricity privatisation and a halt to coal seam gas activity. These include:
- Every new school included child care or before- and after-school care facilities on site
- Provide funding for 200 specialist maths and science teachers in primary school
- Abolish the co-payment for chemotherapy drugs
- Impose a moratorium on coal seam gas activity
- Keep the electricity system in public hands and use the profits from the electricity network to improve services and invest in hospitals and schools
- Invest an additional $1.7 billion for health infrastructure and
- introduce nurse-led walk-in medical centres to take pressure of emergency departments.’
Environmental plans were also unveiled yesterday by Leader of Opposition, Luke Foley, aiming to commit $150 million for new national parks while prioritising the Great Koala National Park. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke commented that he thought Labour could win the NSW election, saying that Foley was ‘in with a chance’ while many predict that Baird, our famous ‘smiling assassin’ had a better chance.