The Leader of the Opposition has yet again shown he is not up to the job, rehashing old Labor announcements from 2014, copying Government policies and cancelling vital infrastructure projects.
His showpiece announcement was that 15 per cent of jobs on NSW Government construction projects would go towards apprentices, trainees, indigenous Australians and the long-term unemployed.
That was exactly what former Opposition Leader John Robertson announced in 2014 to Labor’s State Conference. It also falls short of the Government’s 20 per cent target for State projects, announced in September last year.
Luke Foley’s other big idea was to increase solar energy generation on the roofs of Government buildings.
I’m sorry to inform the Opposition Leader but the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is already doing this.
If he had checked the tender website, two weeks ago the NSW Government opened the tender “to deliver rooftop solar PV installations and services across a variety of public buildings and infrastructure located in NSW”.
His biggest idea of the day was to re-regulate retail electricity prices – code for higher prices. But don’t take our word for it: the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal says “in the two years since prices were deregulated in NSW we have seen substantial innovation and continued price discounting delivering benefits to customers”.
Most importantly, the Leader of the Opposition made no mention of how he would fund any of his spending pledges. This is deeply concerning given NSW Labor’s long history of announcing and subsequently cancelling infrastructure projects.
Labor has again shown they have no vision, no plan and are out of touch with families across NSW.