NSW Denied A Say On $2b-Plus Stadiums Splurge At Next State Election, Courtesy Of Premier And Her Sports Minister


The Berejiklian-Barilaro Government has confirmed that it will refuse to let the public have a say on its $2.2 billion Sydney stadiums splurge at the next state election.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres confirmed in Parliament today that he is racing ahead with his plans to knock down the Sydney Football Stadium before the next election in March 2019.

It was revealed late last week that the Liberal-National State Government is doing everything in its power to fast track the demolition of the stadium in Moore Park.

Asked in the NSW Parliament today whether he will ensure no contracts for the demolition of the stadium are signed before March 2019 so that voters can pass judgement on its wasteful $2.2 billion Sydney stadiums splurge, Mr Ayres gave a contemptuous one word answer – “No.”

The State Government is committing the state to a massive and unnecessary spend on Sydney stadiums when more than 100,000 students are being taught in demountables and more than 76,000 people are waiting for elective surgery in the state’s hospitals.

The demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium – also known as Allianz – was not put to the public at the last election and should be put to a vote in March.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

It is scandalous to tear down the existing stadium before people vote in the state election in March on whether they want to see $2.2 billion of public money spent on the Liberals and Nationals’ Sydney stadiums splurge.

“People have a right to pass judgement at the ballot box on a policy that is so out of whack with the community’s expectations.

“When so many kids are being taught in demountables and there are queues in hospitals, spending $2.2 billion on stadiums shows just how wrong this Government’s priorities are.”