Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dump power selloff, Greens tell Iemma - The Sydney Morning Herald - 26th April 2008

The Greens and unions have called on a prominent Labor MP to convince NSW Premier Morris Iemma to abandon his bid to sell off the state's electricity assets.

The Greens and union members held a protest over the plan outside NSW Labor MP Michael Daley's office in the Sydney suburb of Maroubra.

Greens MP John Kaye said Mr Daley was a keen supporter of Mr Iemma's proposal to sell off the assets.

"Michael Daley needs to tap Morris Iemma on the shoulder and he needs to say 'You've got it wrong mate, this is not a goer'," Mr Kaye told reporters.

"The big issue is what happens the week after next on the 5th and 6th of May ... the (ALP state) conference is going to say no ... but Iemma and (Treasurer Michael) Costa have both said they're going to go ahead anyway and take the Labor government into uncharted waters."

The pair are facing a "massive defeat" over the issue at the ALP state conference, he said.

"What we're saying is as this all happens, money is being wasted.

"Money is being wasted on very expensive consultancy, very expensive banks and using the bureaucracy time to develop a privatisation plan that will probably never make its way through parliament."

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