LABOR CALLS ON PERROTTET TO DELIVER “ECONOMIC STATEMENT” INSTEAD OF WAGE CUTS FOR PANDEMIC HEROES
The NSW Labor Opposition is calling on NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to follow the example of Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and “make an economic statement that clearly outlines the state of the NSW economy and the NSW Government’s budget.”
However, Mr Perrottet has refused to do so, preferring to leave the people of NSW in the dark.
“Dominic Perrottet is being cowardly, slippery and evasive. If he is going to attempt to try and cut the pay of public sector workers including health workers, teachers, police, public transport workers and service NSW staff then the least he can do is front up to the parliament to give a full account of himself” NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay said.
Despite the Berejiklian Government’s ideological crusade to cut public sector wages, maintaining public sector wage growth is universally accepted as good economic policy.
Even Dominic Perrottet on radio this morning admitted as much, saying: “I very much appreciate that and I accept the argument that by providing pay rises you provide stimulus into the economy. That is true.”
Ms McKay said.
“At a time when the NSW economy needs stimulus, taking wages from the pockets of 400,000 workers is a form of economic vandalism. The Treasurer himself knows this but wants to press on anyway. Labor will fight to stop Dominic Perrottet’s ideological crusade to cut the pay of our vital workers which will damage our economy.”
Despite the public outcry that followed the Berejiklian Government’s announcement yesterday, today the Premier doubled down and insisted that the government would still press on with plans to cut public sector wages while refusing to scrap her expensive, unpopular and wasteful $1.5 billion plan to move the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta.
“The Berejiklian Government’s plan to move the Powerhouse Museum is a wasteful indulgence that has no public support. If the Premier is looking for money to stimulate our economy she should start there, instead of coming after our public sector workers who have been on the front lines serving our communities”, Ms McKay said.