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Barry O’Farrell urged to follow Campbell Newman’s lead and reject outright plans to privatise electricity network

May 1, 2013

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell is being urged by the Electrical Trades Union to follow the lead of his Queensland counterpart Campbell Newman and publicly reject any move towards the privatisation of the State’s electricity poles and wires monopoly.

Premier Newman’s rejection of the recommendation of Peter Costello’s Commission of Audit Report to sell Energex, Ergon and Powerlink is in stark contrast to the NSW Government’s response to similar recommendations in the NSW Commission of Audit Report released last August.

“Premier Newman, whether because of political pragmatism or because he can see the sums simply don’t add up on power privatisation, has given the people of Queensland certainty by rejecting the recommendations to sell the electricity poles and wires as a short term budget plugging measure,” ETU NSW secretary Steve Butler said.

“Meanwhile, the NSW Government has taken the opposite path, giving mixed messages to the public while carrying out a review behind closed doors over how a potential power sale of Ausgrid, Essential Energy and Endeavour Energy might look.

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