GLADYS’ LIE: NSW CANNOT HAVE IT ALL UNDER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT
Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, has today questioned Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s pre-election promise, that NSW “can have it all” under a Liberal Government, after the 2019-20 Budget was handed down to the electorate of Shellharbour.
Despite the Berejiklian Government’s announced $18.5 billion Education Budget, this year’s Budget Papers confirmed Dapto and West Dapto will not receive a new school to cater to local population growth.
This year’s Budget also failed to provide a start/completion date, the estimated total cost, or budget allocation for Dapto Public School’s upgrade, even though the project’s status on the School Infrastructure NSW website suggests that it is currently in the design phase.
Similarly, no funding has been allocated in the 2019-20 Budget for Dapto train station’s announced Transport Access Program 3 upgrade. This upgrade was announced by the NSW Liberals, prior to the 2019 State election, with an artist’s impression of the project suggesting that two lifts would be installed at the northern end of the station to improve accessibility.
In May, it was revealed that Transport for NSW would not be installing lifts at Dapto Station, and would instead upgrade the existing level crossing in order to save money.
Four days ago, an article published in The Australian revealed the NSW Government will slash up to 2,500 public sector jobs to cut costs and deliver on election promises.
Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP, Member for Shellharbour:
“I am tired of the Berejiklian Government treating the people of the Shellharbour electorate as second class citizens.
“This budget fails to provide anything new for our community, and just emphasises the Berejiklian Government’s contempt for our region.
“Unfortunately, the era of sell-offs, cut-backs and more privatisations is far from over under this current Liberal Government.
“The cutbacks and job losses included in this Budget should ring alarm bells for everyone in NSW. People employed in the public sector will be worried right now, and they have every right to be. Up to 2,500 of them will be out of a job soon.
“We still don’t know how much the NSW Government is planning to spend on Dapto Public School’s upgrade.”