O'Farrell paralysed by Star scandal: Fails to bring forward key legislation before the parliament

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The O'Farrell Government has been paralysed by the Star casino affair in its first parliamentary term of 2012 – and failed to bring forward key legislation before the NSW Parliament.

"Barry O'Farrell has been paralysed by the Star Casino scandal that has engulfed his government and his office," Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Luke Foley said today.

"In their first term of parliament for 2012, the O'Farrell Government has failed to bring forward major pieces of legislation, including on electricity privatisation, public holiday retail trading hours and tougher ammunition laws.

"Instead the people of NSW have been lumped with a paucity of legislative achievement, highlighted by the Agricultural Tenancies Amendment Bill and the Births Deaths and Marriages (Change of Name) Bill.

"Barry O'Farrell has been so absorbed in the Star casino affair engulfing his government that he has all but forgotten about his government's legislative agenda.

"The O'Farrell Government's most significant parliamentary achievement is the spiteful, undemocratic Clover Moore Bill, designed to throw her out of Parliament or the Town Hall against the wishes of the people who elected her.

"This flies in the face of Mr O'Farrell's pre-election commitment to give local decision making powers back to local communities.

"Rather than delivering for the people of NSW, Barry O'Farrell has been caught up in the sordid scandal which only yesterday claimed the scalp of his Communications Director and close confidant, Peter Grimshaw.

"The signature legislative reform of the O'Farrell Government's first year in office remains the 39 word Library Amendment Bill, which managed to consume 39 hours of parliamentary debate.

"This Premier has failed to live up to the expectations of the public who elected him to government."