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Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Most voters oppose privatization of the NSW State Power Industry

An unpopular electricity privatization policy has caused problems for the government on top of the Iguana Joe’s affair, rising petrol prices and transport problems. However the next election is a long way away, and as the February and June 2008 Taverner Polls show, public opinion is fairly easily influenced by bad news and media reports. Iemma must be hoping that in the next three years, the problems of today will be a distant memory in the mind of the voters.

In the meantime, it is worth noting that it is not only Morris Iemma and Michael Costa who are strongly promoting a full scale power privatization plan, against the broader wish of the unions and the Labor Party at large; the Liberals have also come out in similar support, agreeing this is the only way to free up sufficient capital to introduce the massive infrastructure investments that have been so badly need across in the State for so long. For the moment, Labor is taking the brunt of community criticism off the plan.

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