Foley rethinks view on ports


Originally published: Illawarra Mercury

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has clarified his position on the privatisation of state-owned assets.

Fairfax Media reported this week Mr Foley’s stance on the sale of assets, such as ports, was in contrast to that of his predecessor John Robertson.

Mr Foley endorsed the leasing of Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle, which had delivered billions of dollars to state coffers.

‘‘I support an enterprising private sector and an effective public sector working side by side in the interests of this state,’’ Mr Foley said.

However, Mr Foley told the Mercury on Thursday he didn’t see a ‘‘compelling need’’ for the ports to be in state ownership.

“I have said I look at each of these things on a case-by-case basis,’’ Mr Foley said.

“However, I do have concerns that the Illawarra has been short-changed when it comes to spending the proceeds of the sale of the port.’’