John Barilaro Roars Like A Lion And Acts Like A Lamb

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Labor Leader Luke Foley said the latest attention-seeking outburst from Deputy Premier John Barilaro is an attempt to distract attention from his complete failure to stand up for regional NSW.

“John Barilaro wants us all to think that he is the tough guy strutting his stuff in the corridors of Macquarie Street standing up for the bush but he’s a rubber stamp for the Liberals’ schemes that hurt regional communities.” – Luke Foley

It’s just the latest in a long line of NSW Coalition government policies that are hurting regional communities that he backed as a member of the cabinet but has publicly attacked.

  • He backed the decision to splash $2.5 billion on knocking down and rebuilding two Sydney stadiums;
  • He signed up to the government’s privatisation of power stations like Wallerawang and Liddell, which has put energy security at risk and sent power bills soaring;
  • He has meekly accepted the fact that only 14 percent of the proceeds of the sale of the poles and wires has gone to regional NSW projects – far below the promised 30 percent;
  • He allowed the Liberals to dud regional NSW on the roll-out of the container deposit scheme with people unable to get a refund on their bottles;
  • He signed up to the deeply unpopular forced council amalgamations policy;
  • As a senior member of Mike Baird’s government, supported the proposed ban on greyhounds.

Despite proclaiming his intention to stand up to the Liberals, he has demonstrated a complete lack of backbone.

To hide it all he has grandstanded on a number of issues: within the space of a week he has called for a new taxpayer-funded coalfired power station, branded the container deposit scheme a disaster and now called for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to step down. Yet no one is listening – least of all the Premier – and, most important, nothing changes.

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    • Brendan Byron
      published this page in Blog 2018-07-23 14:41:22 +1000