PREMIER RACES AHEAD WITH DEMOLITION OF MOORE PARK GROUND TO DENY VOTERS A SAY ON STADIUM SPLURGE

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian has refused to rule out racing to lock in a contract for the demolition of Allianz Stadium in Sydney’s east, so denying NSW voters the chance to have their say at the next election.

The Liberal-National Government is deviating from standard infrastructure procedure which should see one contract awarded for the job of demolishing and rebuilding the stadium.  

The decision to award two separate contracts means the demolition of Allianz can get underway sooner rather than later - well before the election in March 2019.

The undue haste at which the Premier and her Sports Minister Stuart Ayres are proceeding means the taxpayers who will foot the $2.7-billion-plus bill will not be able to vote on the issue.

In Question Time in the NSW Parliament today the Premier refused to answer the question.

Labor has been clear about its priorities: since November 2017 when the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government announced its stadiums splurge Labor Leader Luke Foley has said schools and hospitals should come before stadiums.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“This Premier and her Sports Minister will stop at nothing to get their unpopular stadiums plan over the line.

“Abandoning all due process just shows how low this Government is prepared to stoop to impose this hated stadiums policy on the community.

“The Premier and her Sports Minister are bending the rules rather than thinking about the interests of the vast majority of people who are against this stadiums splurge.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Sports Minister Lynda Voltz MLC 

“If the Government was genuine it would have begun public exhibition of plans to demolish Allianz Stadium for community consultation by now but it has submitted none of the planning requirements to ensure it can demolish this stadium by its deadline.

Minister Ayres has complete disregard for the views of the community and proper planning process and it is time for Premier Berejiklian to pull him back into line.