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GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN CAUGHT OUT ON NSW FORESTRY SELL OFF PLANS

September 05, 2019

Despite promising before the election that there would be no privatisations, Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been caught out lying about plans to privatise NSW Forestry Corporation.
 
In a Budget Estimates hearing today, Ms Berejiklian said that the Liberals and Nationals did not have any plans to privatise the Forestry Corporation in the lead up to the State Election in March.
 
But documents obtained by Labor have revealed that as early as February – two months before the election – the Liberals and Nationals had sought legal and commercial advice about selling off Forestry Corporation.
 
NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay said: “Gladys Berejiklian looked the people of NSW in the eye before the last election and said no more privatisations.”
 
“This proves the Liberals and Nationals were planning to sell off NSW Forestry Corporation all along.”
 
Forestry Corporation produces around 14 per cent of Australia’s timber and manages two million hectares of the State’s forest estate. It’s a major regional employer in NSW with 516 staff.
 
“There are 500 regional forestry jobs on the line and Gladys Berejiklian won’t tell the truth, about whether she is going to sell those jobs off,” Ms McKay said.
 
Labor Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Paul Scully, said that once again the Berejiklian-Barilaro Liberals and Nationals have been caught out telling regional and rural communities one thing before the election and doing the exact opposite after it.
 
“Rural and regional communities should be rightly concerned about the future of forestry jobs in their communities.” Mr Scully said.

Forestry Corporation has delivered more than $124 million to the State’s Budget since 2011 and helps pay for regional schools, hospitals and services. Privatising it will rob the regions of money and risks cuts to the services that regional communities rely on.

Since coming to Government, the Liberals and Nationals have sold more than $70 billion in public assets.

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