LABOR TO DOMINELLO: DON’T PRIVATISE RYDE BUSES

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Labor leader Luke Foley today met with Labor candidate for Ryde Jerome Laxale and local bus drivers, to rally against any potential sell-off of Region 7 bus services.

Mr Foley and Mr Laxale launched an anti-privatisation bus petition at Ryde bus depot - urging Ryde MP Victor Dominello to keep Ryde buses in public hands.

Mr Dominello’s colleague, Transport Minister Andrew Constance is on the record as saying all public transport will be privately run:

"They will be all private. In 10 to 15 years' time government will not be in the provision of transport services, it will be all on demand, private sector driven, underpinned by innovation in technology" 

That came after the Berejiklian Government unveiled their plan to sell off 233 bus routes across the Inner West, to Strathfield and Olympic Park and through to Southern Sydney.

At the time, Labor believed it would be the catalyst for more public transport services to be axed as the Liberal government ramps up its privatisation agenda - having already sold off bus services, light rail and Sydney Ferries.

Privatisation could result in reduced services in the affected areas. A new operator could also cut costs, meaning a loss of jobs for drivers and maintenance staff.

Labor and the RTBU are campaigning to protect Ryde buses from being sold by a Liberal government which is obsessed with privatisation.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“We know the Berejiklian Government treats the state like a fire sale - everything must go! But Labor is campaigning against that, we want public services in public hands.

“Minister Constance is already on the record ready to privatise everything; Labor wants to know: where does Minister Dominello stand?

“I will be with Labor’s candidate for Ryde, Jerome Laxale, every step of the way to fight any future sell-off of Ryde buses.”

Quotes attributable to Labor candidate for Ryde Jerome Laxale

“After the debacle in the Inner West, I’m proud to be joined by NSW Labor leader Luke Foley to campaign against any future sale of Ryde buses.

“I have no doubt the people of Ryde would like to hear from their MP, Victor Dominello, about whether he would give the green light to privatising Ryde buses.”