NATS LEADER REFUSES TO ADMIT HIS PARTY APPROVED $2.5 BILLION SYDNEY STADIUMS DEAL

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Deputy Premier, Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has attempted to distance his party from his government’s $2.5 billion Sydney stadium splurge.

In Parliament today, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley asked Mr Barilaro whether his party approved the Government’s plan to splurge $2.5 billion on Sydney stadiums – despite it not benefiting country or regional NSW whatsoever.

Mr Barilaro refused to confirm whether his party approved the monstrous stadium spend, although he would have co-signed the deal as Deputy Premier.

Nationals MP and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall was asked how the stadium spend would benefit regional will tourism. He was unable to say.

The NSW Labor Opposition also pressed Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in Question Time with revelations that the Government will have to pay millions in compensation to Cricket NSW, Sydney FC, the Waratahs and Sydney Roosters - on top of the $2.5 billion stadium splurge.

At the weekend, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley described the stadium blow out as “truly scandalous”.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“In his electorate John Barilaro pretends he has the interests of regional NSW at heart but in Sydney he is co-signing Sydney stadium deals.

“Nationals MPs are so embarrassed by the stadium splurge they can barely utter the word ‘stadium’.

Is there no limit to the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government’s reckless Sydney stadium splurge?

“This truly scandalous spend is money that should go to regional schools and hospitals; they come first and will always do so under a Labor government.”