Taxpayers ripped off by State Plan

Premier Iemma has made good on his plan to have a plan, releasing the State Plan. Its been dismissed as a wish list, when it needed to be a to-do list, but for our region even the wishes are scarce. Among other things, theyve even ignored the results of their own community consultation process, which found that public transport and the reopening of our rail line were top priorities for our region. The Plan, predictably, offers nothing to address local transport needs.

Whilst other events might have overshadowed the Plans release last week, youll have no trouble finding out about it, as the taxpayers of NSW are being treated to an extensive advertising campaign to promote the Plan and guess whos paying for it!

Being released four months prior to a state election, the State Plan may as well be Labors election manifesto. So we are arguably witnessing NSW Labors election manifesto being promoted using public funds. Perhaps one of our local Labor candidates could compare and contrast the ethics of this advertising campaign with the Howard Governments publicly funded advertising splurges I fail to see the difference. In fact, given the subject matter, this campaign is probably worse (although less costly) than a lot of the federal governments campaigns.

Someone might also care to explain how this sort of behaviour by NSW Labor will help Kim Beazley. It seems the community will get ripped off by either side no wonder people are looking to independents and the Greens for an alternative!

Nick Casmirri


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