Today’s announcement that Mike Baird will become the new Liberal Premier of NSW puts the privatisation of key assets, such as the electricity network poles and wires, well and truly on the agenda.

Mr Baird is a known advocate of selling off NSW’s poles and wires.

With firm links to the top end of town through his history working in the finance sector, the only thing standing between the private sector and the State’s electricity assets will be a concerted community campaign.

“Mr Baird has un unimpressive record when it comes to ownership of public assets, personally overseeing the sale of critical assets such as Port Botany,” Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said.

“With Mr Baird at the helm, the danger is the private sector will be lining up to get its hands on the silverware.”

Polling conducted by UMR Research on behalf of Unions NSW in February revealed a deep undercurrent of community concern about the close relationship between the business lobby and the NSW Liberal Government.

When asked whether Barry O’Farrell was closer to big business or working people, 37 per cent of respondents opted for big business while only six per cent opted for working people.

And 55 per cent of respondents said they were opposed to privatisation, compared with only 27 per cent who were in favour.

“The NSW Government is in returning to the Greiner years of NSW Inc,” Mr Lennon said.

“Today we are issuing an urgent call to the broad community: if you want to keep critical public assets like electricity in public hands, join the campaign.”

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