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21.11.12

GREENS SAY PORTS PRIVATISATION DEAL PUTS ECONOMY AND DUCKS IN CROSSHAIRS

NSW Greens Media Release

21 November 2012

The O'Farrell government's obsession with privatisation will damage the future of the state's economy and allow the Shooters and Fishers party to realise their dream of expanding hunting in NSW, according to Greens NSW MP Dr John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: "There is nothing good for the people of NSW in this deal.

"It's now clear that the deal has been done between the Shooters and Fishers and the O'Farrell government to privatise Port Kembla and Port Botany in return for duck hunting.

"The ports are a profit-making public asset that will inevitably be handed over to the private sector at less than their long-term value to the state's economy.

"The O'Farrell government's dodgy economics will take away the capacity to borrow and finance  billions of dollars for infrastructure.

"Privatising Port Kembla will hand over the economic future of the Illawarra to corporations that care only for their own bottom line. The region's link to the global economy will become the plaything of a corporate boardroom.

"I tried to negotiate with the conservative cross bench members to delay the legislation while the community had its say" Dr Kaye said.